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July 25, 2016

What began as a tragedy for whale / marine life could lead to triumphs for science, and a small company from Trenton is helping scientists to see the big picture.

In this case, the very, very big picture.

Staff of Research Casting International Ltd., or RCI, are preparing the gigantic skeletons of two blue whales for display at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto and Memorial University in St. John’s, Nfld.

The harsh winter of 2014 trapped nine blue whales in the ice of the western North Atlantic Ocean. It’s believed they died after being unable to surface to breathe.

“It was a tragedy,” said Dr. Mark Engstrom of the ROM. He oversees the project.

Engstrom said there are about 400 blue whales in the western North Atlantic population and the mammals are endangered around the world.

Teams from the ROM and RCI recovered two of those dead whales, both females, after they washed ashore in Newfoundland.

Brett Crawford, who heads RCI’s mounting operations, still remembers the hard work of taking apart a whale, sometimes separating the spine bone by bone… full article

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