• Kelowna's Homepage
  • Vernon's Homepage


Help with beached whales

Provincial officials say they're working with federal agencies to help small towns on Newfoundland's west coast deal with rotting whale carcasses.

Three massive blue whales washed ashore near communities close to Gros Morne National Park after it's believed they were trapped in ice.

In Trout River, town officials have appealed for help to remove a stinking, 26-metre long carcass.

The federal Fisheries Department says the 60-tonne rotting whale is above the high water mark and is the province's responsibility.

Vanessa Colman-Sadd, a spokeswoman for Service NL, says the province is in talks with federal agencies on how to handle the situation.

A researcher with the Fisheries Department has said chances that the bloating whales will explode are small.

Jack Lawson says it's more likely gases will escape as the whales' skin breaks down, deflating like an old balloon.

Local officials have raised concerns about potential health hazards and a powerful stench that could affect the looming tourism season.


Comments on this story are pre-moderated and approval times may vary. Before they appear, comments are reviewed by moderators to ensure they meet our submission guidelines. Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments are open and welcome for three days after the story is published. We reserve the right to close comments before then. Comments that appear on the site are not the opinion of Castanet, but only of the comment writer.

More Canada News

Parliament Hill Webcam
Recent Trending
Member of the RTNDA