Memorial University to take on second blue whale carcass

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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A blue whale carcass that washed up on shore in Rocky Harbour, N.L., this spring will stay in the province, the town's mayor says.

Walter Nicolle said Memorial University has agreed to take over preserving the carcass, hoping in a few years it will be able to put on display in St. John's, likely at the city's science centre.

While the carcass has brought in tourists, snapping pictures of the rare whale, the rot is starting to scare people away.

"It's starting to smell marvelous," Nicolle said with a bit of a laugh Tuesday.

"Everybody wants it gone. It's only going to get worse."

The Royal Ontario Museum had initially said it would work to preserve the carcass, but after taking on another blue what that washed up on shore in Trout River, the museum said it would be too expensive to take on both.

 


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