A whale is a terrible thing to waste

22 10 2008

Oh I so want to move back to Brisbane.

The Queensland Museum has gotten first dibs on the body of a juvenile Blue Whale that died after beaching itself near Townsville.

They plan to cut away its soft tissue (a mammoth task that will take 2 days) and then display the skeleton. It would be the first complete skeleton of a blue whale in a museum anywhere in the world.

The soft tissue and other samples won’t go to waste either (I hope). They will be used in further research, first on the agenda, identifying the subspecies of this specimen.

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