Maine Scientists Dismember Massive Whale Carcass
August 23, 2012
A sperm whale carcass, retrieved last week from Maine’s Frenchman Bay, was dismembered as part of a necropsy of the gigantic marine mammal conducted Monday by researchers near Bar Harbor, according to an article in the Portland Press Herald.
The whale —a 10- to 15-year-old male weighing 50 tons and measuring 50 feet long — was found dead, floating in waters off Acadia National Park, by a fisherman on August 13.
Researchers intend to “collect as much scientific information as possible” and to reconstruct the skeleton for display at the Bar Harbor Whale Museum. The impressive skeleton will be used to raise money for the museum and attract new donors.
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