Around 95% of the Earth's oceans are still unexplored - in fact, we know less about the deep sea than we do about space.

Exploring and studying the oceans is critical to protect these valuable resources for future generations.

The Museum's new blue whale specimen in Hintze Hall and the temporary exhibition, Whales: Beneath the surface, start an extended season of events exploring the power and mystery of the ocean.

Running until late 2018, events will include special After Hours evenings, an oceans-themed Science Uncovered night, and the Annual Science Lecture.

Explore more about why we need to protect the oceans, find themed events, and read about the pioneering work of the Museum's marine scientists.

Whales: Beneath the surface

Explore the extraordinary lives of whales in a new family exhibition. Opens 14 July.

Discover more about life underwater