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A peek inside the LA Natural History Museum's whale warehouse

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Go inside a hidden part of LA's Natural History Museum, where thousands of marine mammal skeletons find a final resting place in the name of science. Mae Ryan and Grant Slater/KPCC

There's a collection at LA County's Natural History Museum that most don't get to see: The Marine Mammal Laboratory, otherwise known as the whale warehouse. It's 16,000 square feet of floor space and even more animal specimens, some of them way too big to even get into the museum.

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The Large Mammal Warehouse is in Vernon, not far from downtown Los Angeles, and its home to bones, organs and other parts helpful in understanding more about these animals and their habitats. Jim Dines is a mammalogist for the Natural History. 


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