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Museum Of Natural History

February 20, 2012 by staff 

Museum Of Natural History, The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History is planning “A Whale of a Birthday Party” for Sandy, the museum’s model whale, set for 1 to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 25. The museum is at 165 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove.

Sandy the Gray Whale migrated to the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History 29 years ago and has stayed for good. Science Saturday begins at 11 a.m. on the topic of “Marvelous Mushrooms,” followed at 1 p.m. by cake and a celebration in honor of Sandy.

Created by noted marine mammal sculptor Larry Foster, the 45-foot, life-size whale originally arrived on loan in 1982. When a fundraising campaign invited people to sponsor Sandy for $3 a pound, $24,000 was raised and Sandy had a permanent home in the museum collection. Several generations of kids have since grown up with Sandy and visiting the free museum.

Sandy’s birthday party will feature cake (as long as it lasts), activities, a group photo with Sandy and more. Everyone involved in Sandy’s original acquisition is especially welcome and appreciated, including those who might still have an original Sandy certificate to share.

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