bloated carcass of blue whale in Trout River, Newfoundland
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Fears a beached blue whale could explode are deflating

Residents of the Canadian town of Trout River in Newfoundland are concerned about the disposal of a dead blue whale that washed up on its beach last week.

There had been fears that the carcass - which is bloated with methane gas - could explode.

Town Clerk Emily Butler told BBC News that the whale had deflated slightly but it would still be difficult to deal with.

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