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Newfoundland university reaches deal to acquire whale carcass

A rotting blue whale carcass sits on the shore in Trout River, N.L., on April 27, 2014.

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Memorial University says acquiring the remains of a blue whale carcass is a rare opportunity for Newfoundland and Labrador.

The school in St. John's says it has reached a tentative agreement that would see the remains of the whale that washed ashore on Newfoundland's west coast displayed at the school.

It says the Royal Ontario Museum will dismantle and clean the whale as part of the agreement.

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The museum has spent days recovering another blue whale carcass near Woody Point, Newfoundland.

Mark Abrahams, the dean of science at Memorial University, says it's an extraordinary teaching, learning and research opportunity.

But Abrahams says the details of recovering the mammal have yet to be ironed out.

That includes when and how it will make the 700-kilometre journey across the province to St. John's.

The Royal Ontario Museum had originally set out to recover both whale carcasses, but later concluded it couldn't afford to dismantle and transport the second one.

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