Posted by: The ocean update | May 11, 2015

DFO to Collect Samples from Whale that Washed Ashore near Burgeo (Newfoundland, Canada)

Photo by Brandon Ward

Photo by Brandon Ward

Monday, May 11th, 2015. DFO officials are in the process of trying to collect samples from a whale carcass that has washed ashore off the south coast. The whale, believed to be a blue whale, washed up along the rocks near Burgeo over the last few days. DFO officials are in the process of trying to collect more images, samples, and measurements from the animal to determine what it is, and possibly how it died.

Last year at least two blue whales washed ashore on the west coast. The rare animals were among a group of nine that were crushed in heavy ice off the southwest coast. The two that washed ashore were later flensed, in a big, messy process that was heavily documented.

The bones were removed for further processing and will go on display at a later date, one at the ROM in Ontario and the other somewhere in this province.

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