A small town in Newfoundland has a big whale of a problem on their hands

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Scientists from the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto are removing two of the three whales that washed ashore in Newfoundland. Working alongside Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the 60-ton remains will travel 1,570 miles.


“While the loss is truly unfortunate, our Government is pleased that we are able to work with the Royal Ontario Museum to preserve these rare whale skeletons for future generations, and to help Canadians benefit in a meaningful way through this invaluable contribution to Canadian science,” Gail Shea, minister of Fisheries and Oceans, said in a statement.

According to the Canadian government, about nine blue whales were killed in April from getting trapped in ice. There are only about 250 adult blue whales in the northwest Atlantic Ocean.

One of the whales that washed ashore in Trout River, Newfoundland, became viral. Many feared it would explode from methane gas, which is a result of decomposition. Instead, it just deflated.


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