The big blue whale that "lives" in the American Museum of Natural History's Milstein Hall of Ocean Life was given a wipe down today. The annual cleaning took place just after noon today, but the whale hasn't Tweeted since... the earthquake! It's understandable, she's old—the whale was installed in 1969, when technology wasn't so advanced.

We're told that long-handled brushes and vacuums were used to wipe away the dust and dirt from the iconic 21,000 pound exhibit. That probably took a few times longer than it takes to give your NYC apartment a cleaning.