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    How to Dismantle a Blue Whale

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    How to Dismantle a Blue Whale

    A blue whale died and washed ashore in Chile, so a team of scientists turned it into a stuffed museum piece.

    The soft rubber soles of hip waders are not designed for climbing a dead whale. Benjamín Cáceres digs in hard with his feet. He grabs the blue-black pleats of the whale’s throat with one rubber-gloved hand, and pulls himself up the rotting carcass. In his other hand he clutches a cheap, plastic-handled knife.

    Cáceres, a marine biologist at the Río Seco Museum of Natural History in Punta Arenas, Chile, is part of an 11-person crew tackling the formidable challenge of defleshing this 21-meter, 70-or-so tonne juvenile blue whale. It is the first step in preparing the skeleton for museum display.


    Report of the stranded whale came in the week before, when government officials contacted Cáceres’s colleague Aymara Zegers at the museum. Zegers and marine biologist Gabriela Garrido were on the road immediately: heading to Punta Delgada, at the Strait of Magellan’s eastern entrance, a two-hour drive north of Punta Arenas.


    The great size of the animal, the location and shape of its dorsal fin, and the distinctive gray marks on its body indicated to the pair right away that it was a blue whale. This was significant: it was the first documented occurrence of a blue whale in the Strait of Magellan, and the southernmost-known stranding of a blue whale anywhere in the world.
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    Any steaks involved?

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    Beats using dynamite like the fools in Oregon did once.
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    Quote Originally Posted by donttread View Post
    Any steaks involved?
    I would think they donated the meat to local homeless shelters, but the article didn't mention it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by donttread View Post
    Any steaks involved?
    They were only after the fat.

    These people wanted a museum display.
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