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Britain's Natural History Museum unveils giant blue whale

Associated Press logo Associated Press 7/13/2017
A blue whale skeleton is exhibited in the Hintze Hall at the Natural History Museum in London, Thursday July 13, 2017, replacing the Diplodocus dinosaur which will go on a tour of Britain. Britain's Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of the Natural History Museum, is due to attend the opening of the museum's new Hintze Hall on Thursday. (Steve Parsons/PA via AP) © The Associated Press A blue whale skeleton is exhibited in the Hintze Hall at the Natural History Museum in London, Thursday July 13, 2017, replacing the Diplodocus dinosaur which will go on a tour of Britain. Britain's Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of the Natural History Museum, is due to attend the opening of the museum's new Hintze Hall on Thursday. (Steve Parsons/PA via AP)

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Natural History Museum in London has suspended a gigantic blue whale skeleton in its main entrance — drawing attention to vanishing species in an environment under strain.

A blue whale skeleton is exhibited in the Hintze Hall at the Natural History Museum in London, Thursday July 13, 2017, replacing the Diplodocus dinosaur which will go on a tour of Britain. Britain's Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of the Natural History Museum, is due to attend the opening of the museum's new Hintze Hall on Thursday. (Steve Parsons/PA via AP) © The Associated Press A blue whale skeleton is exhibited in the Hintze Hall at the Natural History Museum in London, Thursday July 13, 2017, replacing the Diplodocus dinosaur which will go on a tour of Britain. Britain's Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of the Natural History Museum, is due to attend the opening of the museum's new Hintze Hall on Thursday. (Steve Parsons/PA via AP)

Scientists named the 25.2-meter (82-foot) whale "Hope," recognizing the role of science in safeguarding the environment. The immense creature seems to fly over the atrium and its visitors — a visible reminder of nature's power.

The whale has replaced the much-loved "Dippy," a dinosaur cast in plaster that graced the entryway for decades. Although "Dippy" attained the status of an icon, the museum believed a real specimen better suited their mission to study and conserve the planet.

Museum goer Val Preston says she can't wait to see the whale. She says it "shows we still have spectacular things on this planet."

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