Museum team still working on removing flesh from first whale carcass

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Staff from the Royal Ontario Museum work to remove pieces of bone from the carcass of the blue whale in Trout River on Friday.

The flensing process on the blue whale carcass that was once located in Trout River was still ongoing as of Friday evening.

A team led by Royal Ontario Museum deputy director of collections and research, Mark Engstrom, has been removing the skin, blubber and intestines from the mammal since Thursday.

“Mark estimates it will take about a week per whale, depending on what kind of equipment they have,” said Amanda Fruci, the museum’s publicist. “So it’s still more of the same.”

Fruci said the group won’t begin to flense the second whale until “maybe Tuesday.”

Unlike the first whale, which had to be towed to Woody Point before the flensing could begin, it’s expected the team will have ample space to work on the whale in Rocky Harbour without moving it.

She was unaware of what would be done with the stripped remains.

“There was some concern because apparently the landfill in Trout River has been closed since August,” she said. “So I’m not really sure.”

Organizations: Royal Ontario Museum

Geographic location: Trout River, Woody Point, Rocky Harbour

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