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Big Boned, a new exhibition and programming project centered on the permanent display of a full-size whale skeleton to deepen public understanding of one of the most significant industries in Long Island’s history and its environmental implications today.
This project will champion the whale skeleton as an everlasting symbol of Long Island’s historic and complex relationships with the sea. Dovetailing with the museum’s projects of recently improved exhibits & facilities, this project will accompany the museum’s strategic efforts to present the most comprehensive understanding of whaling on Long Island. Big Boned will greatly enhance public awareness and appreciation for the key role whaling played in our country’s maritime heritage, strengthen understanding of whale biology, and help audiences comprehend and discuss stories of global change to become responsible stewards of the planet. Big Boned will make history as first exhibit of its kind to permanently feature a full-size whale skeleton in the New York metropolitan area, and the first Sperm whale in the State.
25,000 beneficiaries of the diverse general public of all demographics will benefit annually from Big Boned into perpetuity. Integrated programming will serve a wide audience from the Long Island region and beyond, from preschoolers to seniors, exposing a wide spectrum of the community to the benefits of this project.
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Strengthen knowledge of whaling on Long Island
Recent initiatives nationwide have helped create a resurgence of interest in whaling history.
However, Long Island’s deep, prolific, and economically significant involvement in the whaling industry is often sidelined.
Promote Ocean Literacy
A good understanding of the role and function of the ocean is
of paramount importance in recent years, constituting the basic tool for the promotion of healthy and sustainable marine
environment, which humans and whales depend on. Developments in Marine Education, spurred by the Save The Whales environmental movement in the 1960s and 70s, was reborn as an Ocean Literacy movement in 2004.
Ocean Literacy is defined as “an understanding of the ocean’s influence on you and your influence on the ocean” and includes whaling history and its impacts.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration published “Essential Principles of Ocean Sciences” in 2013, which represent the major ideas that HS graduates should understand about the sea. However, Ocean Literacy is underrepresented in school science curriculum.3 Relative knowledge still appears inadequate. Coastal and marine topics remain almost absent in Science & Geography curricula. To protect and sustainably use marine resources, citizens of all ages need to comprehend the connection between people and the sea. Promotion of ocean literacy in elementary and secondary education is vital, as children represent the future citizens, consumers, and agents of social change.
Highlight Marine & Whale conservation
The ocean has shown severe signs of change as a result of human activities. Centuries of unregulated whaling (internationally banned only 33 years ago) caused at least 5 of the 13 great whales being listed as endangered, with others threatened. Decades of intensive exploitation of marine resources, pollution, and climate change have led to the degradation of ocean health and, subsequently, of human health. The last WWF Living Blue Planet Report shows a decrease of 49% in populations of marine organisms between 1970 and 2012.
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