the Largest whale
exhibition In europe

MULTI-USER
INSTALLATION

Digital design agency Gagarin has developed a multi-user installation for Whales of Iceland, which allows visitors to explore the anatomy of a minke whale: head, mouth, baleen, brain, sense organs, lungs, heart and so on. Three interactive panels are located in front of a whale model.  When a user selects a topic from one of the panels, animated illustration is projected onto the model and audio narration starts playing.

Animated illustration is projected onto the minke whale model.

VR EXPERIENCE
- coming soon

Samsung Gear VR is a mobile virtual reality device developed by Samsung Electronics in collaboration with Oculus VR. Put on the glasses and enter a virtual reality world where you encounter the giants of the sea. Discover what it is like to swim with a pod of killer whales alongside a magnificent blue whale – it is an experience unlike any other.

Try your hand at drawing your Whales Of Iceland experience in our drawing book. 

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real size
whales exhibiton

WHALES 

BELUGA

WEIGHT

1-2 tons

LENGTH

3-6 m

LIFE SPAN

25-30 years

NECK

Has the unusual ability to turn its head up,
down and side-to-side.

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LIFE-SIZE WHALE MODELS

narwhal

WEIGHT

1 - 2 tons

LENGTH

3 -5 m

LIFE SPAN

≈ 52 years

real life unicorn

The males sport a 2-3 m spiral tusk
(as do some females).

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LIFE-SIZE WHALE MODELS

Harbour Porpoise

WEIGHT

60 kg

LENGTH

1.5 m

LIFE SPAN

10-20 years

little one

The smallest marine mammal in Iceland.

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LIFE-SIZE WHALE MODELS

white-beaked dolphin

WEIGHT

180-350 kg

LENGTH

2 -3 m

LIFE SPAN

≈ 40-50 years

SPEED

Can reach up to 25 mph.

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LIFE-SIZE WHALE MODELS

atlantic white-sided dolphin

Male – weight and length

230 kg & 2.5 m

Female – weight and length

180 kg & 2 m

LIFE SPAN

≈ 27 years

Social behavior

Shows sympathy towards
an injured individual.

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LIFE-SIZE WHALE MODELS

SHORT-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHIN

MALE – WEIGHT & LENGHT

120 kg & 2.3 m

Female – weight and length

135 kg & 2.6 m

LIFE SPAN

≈ 30-35 years

population in the N-Atlantic

400,000 individuals.

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LIFE-SIZE WHALE MODELS

COMMON BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN

Male – weight and length

300-500 kg & 4 m

Female – weight and length

260-300 kg & 2.5-3.5 m

LIFE SPAN

≈ 40-50 years

individual names?

Each individual has a
special call sound.

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LIFE-SIZE WHALE MODELS

STRIPED DOLPHIN

WEIGHT

150-165 kg

LENGTH

3-6 m

LIFE SPAN

≈ 58 years

POPULATION size

2.8 million individuals in the Pacific.

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LIFE-SIZE WHALE MODELS

KILLER WHALE / ORCA

Male – weight and length

10 tons & 10 m

Female – weight and length

7 tons & 8 m

life span MALE / FEMALE 

60 years / 90 years

social structure

The grandmother
leads the pod.

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LIFE-SIZE WHALE MODELS

LONG FINNED PILOT WHALE

Female – weight and length

1.3 tons - 5.8 m

Male – weight and length

2.3 tons - 7.6 m

life span FEMALE / MALE

59 years / 46 years

diet

Feeds on squid.

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LIFE-SIZE WHALE MODELS

NORTHERN BOTTLENOSE whale

Female – weight and length

5.8 tons & 7.5 m

Male – weight and length

7.8 tons & 9 m

life span FEMALE / MALE

27 years /37 years

pods

2-4 animals of
the same age &
sex live together.

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LIFE-SIZE WHALE MODELS

CUVIER'S BEAKED WHALE

WEIGHT

2.5 tons

LENGTH

5 m

LIFE SPAN

≈ 30-40 years

diving & swimming

Can dive to a depth of 3,000m
and can hold its breath for 140 min.

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LIFE-SIZE WHALE MODELS

BLAINVILLE'S BEAKED WHALE

weight

1 ton

LENGTH

3-5 m

LIFE SPAN

≈ 20-30 years

DIVING & SWIMMING

After deep diving the whale rests on the surface
up to 90 min. before diving again.

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LIFE-SIZE WHALE MODELS

SOWERBY'S BEAKED WHALE

WEIGHT

1 - 1.5 tons

LENGTH

4 - 6 m

LIFE SPAN

Unknown

diet

Sucks food into mouth,
mostly small deep sea fish, 4-30 cm long.

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LIFE-SIZE WHALE MODELS

SPERM WHALE

Male – weight and length

45 tons & 16 m

Female – weight and length

13 tons & 11 m

LIFE SPAN

≈ 60-70 years

sperm whales & iceland

Only old or immature
males are found
around Iceland.

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LIFE-SIZE WHALE MODELS

BOWHEAD WHALE

Female – weight and length

70-100 tons & 19 m

Male – weight and length

70-100 tons & 17 m

LIFE SPAN

≈ 130-211 years

grandpa

Probably the most
long-lived whale.

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LIFE-SIZE WHALE MODELS

NORTH-ATLANTIC RIGHT WHALE

WEIGHT

44 - 77 tons

LENGTH

13 - 16 m

LIFE SPAN

70 years+

name

The name "right whale" indicated
the right whale to hunt.

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LIFE-SIZE WHALE MODELS

GRAY WHALE

WEIGHT

45 tons

LENGTH

15 m

LIFE SPAN

80 years +

long distance miigration

The gray whale travels 20,000 km each year!

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LIFE-SIZE WHALE MODELS

HUMPBACK WHALE

Female – weight and length

40 tons & 18 m

Male – weight and length

40 tons & 16 m

LIFE SPAN

50 years +

"fingerprint"

Each individual can be
recognized by its unique
fluke pattern.

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LIFE-SIZE WHALE MODELS

BLUE WHALE

Female – weight and length

190 tons & 33 m

Male – weight and length

160 tons & 28 m

LIFE SPAN

90 years

Giant

The largest animal that has
ever existed!

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LIFE-SIZE WHALE MODELS

MINKE WHALE

Female – weight and length

7 tons & 8.5 m

Male – weight and length

5.7 tons & 7.5 m

LIFE SPAN

40-50 years

IDENTITY

White stripe on flippers

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LIFE-SIZE WHALE MODELS

SEI WHALE

Female – weight and length

20-40 tons & 14-19 m

Male – weight and length

20-30 tons & 13-15 m

LIFE SPAN

≈ 60 years

speed

Can reach up to 25 mph.

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LIFE-SIZE WHALE MODELS

FIN WHALE

Female – weight and length

75 tons & 23 m

Male – weight and length

62 tons & 21 m

LIFE SPAN

≈ 90 years

speed

The fastest swimmer
– reaches up to 28 mph!

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LIFE-SIZE WHALE MODELS

educational
AUDIO GUIDE APP

Language: Icelandic, English, German

AUDIO GUIDE TOUR
TAKES APpROX. 30 MIN.

schools groups

- The student program includes, 90 min guided tour of the exhibit, where the group learns about different whale species. The group learns the differences between a baleen whale and tooth whale and bones and teeth are examined
- It is also possible to book the education center where the group can watched a short animated film for an introduction to whale evolution
- Students and teachers can also download the Whales
of Iceland App which contains information about the whales, their biology, social behavior and much more!
- We offer a whale watching addition to the education program

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