Curiosity shop in a whale's belly


11 Responses to “Curiosity shop in a whale's belly”

  1. itsgene says:

    There’s a whale skeleton big enough to be clearly seen in detail on Google Maps in Santa Cruz, California:,-122.065309&spn=0.000339,0.000506&t=h&z=21

    It’s the skeleton of a Blue Whale, 87 feet long, at the UC Santa Cruz Seymour Center, Long Marine Lab. That’s the largest displayed whale skeleton in the world.

  2. thewebcrow says:

    Alas, the whale skeleton no longer houses a curiosity shop but is still present in the park’s museum.

  3. FreakCitySF says:

    Ye old curious pottery shop.

  4. Anonymous says:

    reminds me of prechistoric 2 – pc game

  5. elguapostrikes says:

    My school has a giant whale skull on prominently diplayed out on the front of campus, and there are miscellaneous whale bones (ribs, vertebrae) skattered all around just begging for something like this.

  6. Jonathan Badger says:

    Alexander Dabell established the amusement park in 1843, making it one of the oldest (or perhaps the oldest) theme park in the United Kingdom

    Not to be picky, but Blackgang Chine isn’t really a “theme park” as opposed to a “amusement park” — there is no consistent theme or set of themes across the attractions. A theme park is a type of amusement park, but they aren’t synonyms.

  7. tim says:

    Went there two or three times as a kid (early 70s I guess) and even for a youngster it was pretty lame. Goodness knows how bored the adults got.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Having washed up in 1842, it’s a wonder this wasn’t mentioned in Moby Dick. My guess is that Herman Melville simply didn’t know about it, being across the pond and having no interwebs. If he had, then he almost certainly would have made some reference to it, like he did with so many other whales (and whale carcasses) throughout history.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Blackgang Chine is an utter gem. To be savored amongst us Brits. Both myself and my other half remember (separately I might add!) as kids of the early 70′s the joy of Blackgang. Most of which is still there and even our kids (with wider experiences – legoland and Chessington) absolutely adore. They love the dinosaurs (especially as the can climb on them), the crooked house, Cowboy land, Mouth of Hell to name just a few. We are always amazed at how the simple things do actually keep the kids amused, there are some bigger attraction but given the choice ours want to run around in Cowboy Land firing a cap gun just as we did in 1976, mind you they’ll want their nintendos when they get back in the car. Oh plus a Coca Cola at the White Mouse … maybe they are not so different! Make sure you visit Blackgang it’s a must.

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