Fisheries and oceans department, museum to take care of N.L. whale carcasses

A rotting blue whale lies in shallow water after washing ashore in Trout River, Newfoundland, April...

A rotting blue whale lies in shallow water after washing ashore in Trout River, Newfoundland, April 30, 2014, in this handout courtesy of NTV News. REUTERS/Don Bradshaw/NTV News/Handout via Reuters

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Bloating blue whale carcasses will be removed from Newfoundland and Labrador beaches, federal Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea says.

Officials from Shea's department are working with an unnamed Canadian museum on an agreement to take ownership of the beached whales, she said in a series of tweets.

"The agreement will benefit impacted communities and ensure these magnificent whales contribute to the education of museum visitors," she said.

The fisheries and oceans department is also on scene to mitigate risks the carcasses may pose to public safety.

The town of Trout River, N.L., has been in the global media spotlight after photos of a carcass filling with gas were posted online.

Someone even created a website called HasTheWhaleExplodedYet.com.

Town officials said they were concerned about the stench and the possibility the whale could explode. Waterfront businesses want the whale gone before tourist season gets underway.

Two other whales are located in Rocky Harbour and Baker's Brook.

Trout River is located on the west coast of the island.

Last year, a marine biologist at the National Museum of the Faroe Islands tried to cut open a sperm whale carcass with explosive results.

The video of the whale explosion went viral as soon as it hit the Internet.

"The animal was more than two days old when we took it so we knew there would be some pressure on the inside, but nothing like what happened," Mikkelse, who works at the National Museum of the Faroe Islands, told the Daily Mail.

The Faroe Islands are located in the Atlantic Ocean north of the U.K.

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