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Vietnam firm reconstructs sacred whale’s 10-ton skeleton

Monday, June 15, 2015, 20:03 GMT+7

A company that manages a tourism site in southern Vietnam has successfully reconstructed a 10-metric-ton skeleton of a whale, which is believed to have weighed a whopping 100 metric tons.

Ngo Xuan Pha, board chairman of Bao Toan Automobile Co., said on Sunday that his company had rebuilt a whale’s skeleton which measures 33 meters in length and four meters in width.

The company runs Nha Mat Tourism Complex, located in Bac Lieu City in the eponymous province.

Pha added his company purchased the skeleton from a local residing on Phu Quoc Island, located off neighboring Kien Giang Province.

The whale, also known as Ong fish, is believed to have weighed up to 100 metric tons when it was alive.

The reconstruction only brought the bones 30 percent back to life, as they have sustained irreversible damage after some 60 years of burial, according to authorities. 

The skeleton is currently solemnly placed inside the Nha Mat complex so that locals and tourists can admire it and pay their respects to the animal.

Fishermen living in such Mekong Delta provinces as Ca Mau, Bac Lieu and Kien Giang, and elsewhere, traditionally worship the whale, which is believed to bestow blessings on them and save them from sea accidents.

They hold a solemn procession and festival dedicated to the sacred mammal, the world's largest, every year.

Bộ xương cá voi “khủng” đã được phục dựng tại khu du lịch Nhà Mát. Ảnh: N.Hân

The 10-metric-ton skeleton belonging to a whale is currently placed inside the Nha Mat Tourism Complex, located in the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu, so that locals and tourists can admire it and pay their respects to the animal. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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