Students learn inside a 43-foot humpback whale

Nile the Whale was inflated inside the Canterbury Lower School gym on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. The life-sized study aid was brought by Canterbury alum Cynde McInnis, who is a naturalist at Cape Ann Whale Watch in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A full-sized humpback whale was in the Canterbury Lower School gymnasium on Thursday.

Sort of.

Students enjoyed a hands-on presentation inside Niles the whale, a 43-foot inflatable humpback whale.
Students enjoyed a hands-on presentation inside Niles the whale, a 43-foot inflatable humpback whale.

Nile the whale, a 43-foot inflatable humpback whale, was laid across the plank floor of the school throughout the day Thursday. This life-sized study aid is used to teach students about marine life, offering students the chance to climb inside for a hands-on look at whale artifacts like bone and baleen.

The program was put on by Canterbury alum Cynde McInnis, who today is a naturalist at Cape Ann Whale Watch in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

McInnis’s Whalemobile travels to schools, libraries and camps around the country with Nile. Her mission is to teach students about the animals so they can learn about them and ultimately care for them.

“We conserve what we love, we love what we understand, and we understand what we’re taught,” McInnis teaches, according to her website.

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