Museum still has not decided if it will process second blue whale

Gary Kean
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The blue whale that was dissected at Woody Point.

 It looks like Rocky Harbour will have a fully intact 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 to make a decision on whether or not it was going to carry out the job Friday.

However, in an email to The Western Star early Friday evening, the museum said it still has not made a decision. The museum, which was trying to source funding for the massive undertaking, said it will now likely be early next week before any decision is made.

Museum officials, with the assistance of some local residents, managed to completely dissect one roughly 80-tonne blue whale on the beach at Woody Point this past week. 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 its budget.

The skeleton of the first whale is being transported back 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 an even bigger, much smellier problem.

Organizations: Royal Ontario Museum

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

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