Museum to decide by Friday whether to recover second whale

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WOODY POINT— The Royal Ontario Museum says it will decide by Friday whether to recover the carcass of a second blue whale rotting in western Newfoundland.

A team from the Royal Ontario Museum cut up the carcass of a blue whale in Woody Point on Sunday. — Photo by The Canadian Press

The museum wants the whale, but its deputy director of collections and research says the facility isn’t sure it can afford the task of dismantling the massive beast in Rocky Harbour and transporting it to Ontario.

Mark Engstrom says the museum is looking for sources of funding, but isn’t seeking any money from the tiny Newfoundland town of 1,000.

Crews from the museum have spent the last few days recovering another blue whale carcass near Woody Point, N.L.

Engstrom says crews had to arrange for a larger truck container to ship the whale’s cranium after the first one ended up being too small, which has added to the rising costs of the retrieval process.

He wasn’t sure how much money has been spent on the project so far.

Bones from the 23-metre female will be trucked to Trenton, Ont., where Research Casting International, which specializes in museum displays, will help further handle the remains.

It’s believed the two carcasses are among nine blue whales that were crushed or drowned in unusually thick pack ice earlier this spring.

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Rocky Harbour, Woody Point Trenton

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  • Henry Jefford
    May 15, 2014 - 07:04

    Why not find a deserted island to put the whale and let nature prepare the whale with bleached bones ready for the Museum, Nature has been doing a good job on a lot large animals for millions of years ! The wale carcasses could be placed on a high rack so the decking flesh can fall off and the Blubber sliced up to help nature do the job quicker, but when it is left there for a while only the Bleached bones will remain .