London's Natural History Museum has installed a four-and-a-half tonne blue whale skeleton to tower over the heads of visitors, replacing the remains of a much-loved diplodocus known as Dippy.
The whale's bones, which were bought in 1892 for £250, have been suspended mid-air with the head lowered and jaw gaping as if it is about to scoop up tourists.
The 25-metre long skeleton started greeting people as they enter the building's Hintze Hall, in a new display highlighting the institution's conservation work.
Dippy, or more accurately a cast of the dinosaur's bones, is due to embark on a tour of museums around Britain.
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