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Storm Damage

Storm Damages

The damaged skeletal display of the whale after being ravaged by super typhoon Mangkhut in September 2018.

In 2018, Hong Kong’s famous whale suffered major damage during 2018’s super typhoon, Mangkhut, which ravaged Hong Kong with 170 km/hr wind gusts for over two days. 
The supportive structures connecting the bones were bent by the storm’s incessant winds, causing many of the ribs to crack, the lower right jawbone was dislodged and the left hip bone blown away. After the storm, despite remedial efforts, the whale continues to deteriorate on the exposed, sun baked rocks of Cape d’Aguilar.