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And the new whale’s name is… Humphrey

For the Florida Museum’s 100th anniversary year in 2017, we rearticulated this male juvenile humpback whale. The 26-foot-long skeleton is currently displayed in its new permanent home outside the Discovery Zone exhibit.

After collecting and sorting more than 2,000 suggestions from visitors to the Rare, Beautiful & Fascinating exhibit from September 2017 through January 2018, we narrowed the list to the top four names: Coronado, Humphrey, Magnus and Finn. More than 1,500 votes were cast over the week of March 5-12, 2018 with the fans ultimately choosing the new name Humphrey.

Did You Know?

  • It took seven people roughly seven months to piece together the 264 bones.
  • Five missing bones were 3-D printed to complete the skeleton.
  • This whale was found stranded near New Smyrna Beach, Florida, in 1990.
  • Each spring humpback whales swim past Florida on their 3,100-mile migration north.
whale skeleton in gallery
For the Florida Museum’s 100th anniversary year in 2017, we rearticulated this male juvenile humpback whale. The 26-foot-long skeleton is currently displayed in its new permanent home outside the Discovery Zone exhibit. Florida Museum photo by Kristen Grace