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OSU hopes to put blue whale skeleton on display

OSU hopes to put blue whale skeleton on display as an educational exhibit at a new Marine Studies Building.

Posted: Jan. 30, 2018 5:21 PM
Updated: Jan. 30, 2018 5:21 PM

NEWPORT, Ore, - Oregon State University researchers hope to raise a blue whale carcass from Yaquina Bay for an educational display.

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More than two years ago, the carcass of a 78-foot blue whale washed ashore near Gold Beach.

Scientists said they let it stay submerged in Yaquina Bay so scavenger animals could clean the bones, and that process is nearly complete!

Researchers said the next step is to remove the skeleton and treat it with chemicals to get oil out of the bones.

Eventually, OSU hopes to display the skeleton for the public as an educational exhibit at the new Marine Studies Building.

That is expected to open in late 2019 on the Hatfield Marine Science Center campus in Newport.

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