Dippy goes into retirement as the Blue Whale takes pride of place

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Dippy goes into retirement as the Blue Whale takes pride of place

One of London's most famous museums is replacing it's popular entrance hall feature after 36 years.

South Kensington's Natural History museum is swapping ‘Dippy’ the replica skeleton of a dinosaur, with a blue whale skeleton - a decision which has been the topic of much debate today.

Dippy the Diplodocus the plaster dinosaur skeleton, has been the museum's star attraction for 109 years but now he's not considered relevant enough.

The Blue whale has been part of the museum since 1891, having been beached off the southeast coast of Ireland.

The skeleton is in perfect condition, with every piece in tact.

Richard Sabin, who will oversee the transfer has tole the press: "It's a fantastically complete specimen," "It's also one of the largest of its kind on display anywhere in the world; and we know its history, we know how it was killed and processed, and that's quite rare.

From summer 2017 he'll be replaced by the skeleton of a blue whale.

London Live’s Alison Earle explains.

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