Museum’s decision on Rocky Harbour blue whale expected next week

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 It looks like Rocky Harbour will have an intact beached whale for at least a few more days.

The Royal Ontario Museum, which had hoped to salvage the skeleton of the blue whale beached on the town’s shoreline, was expected Friday to make a decision on whether or not it was going to do the job. But, in an email to The Western Star Friday evening, the museum said it still has not made a decision. The museum, which was trying to source funding for the undertaking, said it will likely be early next week before any decision is made.

Museum officials, with the assistance of some local residents, managed to dissect one roughly 80-tonne blue whale on the beach at Woody Point. However, towing that animal from its original location in Trout River, working on a spot in the landfill to dispose of the flesh and having to find a second tractor trailer — one large enough to fit the whale’s huge cranium in — sent the project over budget. The skeleton is being transported to Ontario for further processing with the hope of eventually having it displayed.

If the Royal Ontario Museum does not come back for the whale still beached across Bonne Bay at Rocky Harbour, it will be up to the Town of Rocky Harbour to come up with a plan to get rid of the rotting carcass before it becomes a bigger, much smellier problem. The Royal Ontario Museum did not provide a reason for the delay in its decision as of deadline Friday.

Organizations: Royal Ontario Museum

Geographic location: Rocky Harbour, Western Star, Woody Point Trout River Ontario Bonne Bay

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