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Dispute over blue whale skeleton comes to an end. Will be housed in Húsavík

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  • Home at last The blue whale skeleton will be on display at the Húsavík Whale Museum. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

A blue whale skeleton will soon be on display at the Húsavík Whale Museum. The whale beached near Ásbúðir in Skagi, north Iceland, in the summer of 2010.

According to the National Broadcasting Service, the skeleton’s permanent exhibit of has long been disputed, with both the Húsavík Whale Museum and the Icelandic Museum of Natural History requesting to house it.

However, since the Icelandic Museum of Natural History is currently without a roof, the Ministry of Education concluded that the 25-metre-long (82 feet) skeleton be hosted at the Húsavík Whale Museum.

“We’ve done all the necessary measurements and the skeleton will fit perfectly into the exhibition space. It’ll be placed on the floor, curving slightly, like it just marooned,” said Þorkell Lindberg Þóararinsson, director of the North East Iceland Nature Centre (Náttúrstofa Norðausturlands). 

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