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Skeleton of beached blue whale to go on display in Newport

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Photo: Bruce Mate/OSU Marine Mammal Institute Photo: Bruce Mate/OSU Marine Mammal Institute
GOLD BEACH, OR (KPTV) -

Scientists are working to save the skeleton of a blue whale that washed up on a southern Oregon beach this month, with plans to make the bones available for public display in the future.

The 78-foot whale carcass washed up on a beach north of Gold Beach Nov. 2.

Bruce Mate with Oregon State University's Marine Mammal Institute said he's working with a team of students to remove the whale's skin, blubber and other flesh so that they may save the skeleton.

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Mate said Friday that there will still several days' work ahead to remove the skeleton.

Mate said the bones will eventually be on display at the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. He said that could happen by 2018, when the university completes a new building for undergraduate studies.

Scientists believe the whale was likely dead for about two weeks before it came ashore.

Mate said the whale was in a poor nutritional state, likely because of the unusually warm water off the coast.

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