Beached Blue-Whale Carcasses to be Recovered via Toronto Museum

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Scientists from the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto will remove up to two of the three blue-whale carcasses that have recently washed up on the shore of Newfoundland’s west coast, and use the mammals to further scientific research.

The ROM will work with Fisheries and Oceans Canada to transport the whales — at least one of which weighs 60 tons — on their 1,570-mile journey to Toronto. The plan is to preserve some tissue and the skeletal structure of the massive mammals.

See also: Whale of a Mess: Small Town Fears Beached Carcass Will Explode

“While the loss is truly unfortunate, our Government is pleased that we are able to work with the Royal Ontario Museum to preserve these rare whale skeletons for future generations, and to help Canadians benefit in a meaningful way through this invaluable contribution to Canadian science,” Gail Shea, minister of Fisheries and Oceans, said in a statement. Read more…

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