MUN partners with ROM to retain whale skeleton

May 22, 2014

Memorial University of Newfoundland has signed an agreement with the Royal Ontario Museum that will allow the skeleton of a blue whale to remain in NL and be displayed at MUN in the future. 2 blue whales washed up on the shores of NL in late April after dying in unusually thick ice offshore. The ROM originally planned to treat both whales and transport them to Ontario, but the costs involved proved prohibitive. The agreement with MUN will see ROM dismantle and treat both whales, but one will remain in NL to be further treated, under the advice of ROM researchers. The treatment process takes several years, so there is not yet a clear timeline for the display of the whale skeleton at MUN. “This is a rare opportunity,” said Mark Abrahams, Dean of the Faculty of Science at MUN. “Having the remains of a blue whale displayed at the university is a great teaching and learning opportunity for our students, staff and visitors.” MUN News | CBC | Globe and Mail (1) | Globe and Mail (2)