Well back in 2014, nine blue whales were found dead in the ice pack in the gulf of Saint Lawrence. So we don't know how they died. But about a month later, two of them washed ashore on the west coast of Newfoundland. Blue whale is very very rare, because most of the time blue whale carcasses, they actually sink, because blue whales don't have as much fat or blubber as other species of whales.
So the skeleton was buried in a manure compost for about a year and a half to get off most of the flesh and to get out some of the oil that's in the bones. The heart, the plastination itself took about one year, and that had to be shipped over to Germany.
Basically, the water is what can cause things to start rotting away in the enzymes. So basically, that has to be drawn out of the heart. Well, the blue whale is the biggest species of animal that has ever lived on Earth. So bigger than any dinosaur, and of course, the heart is the biggest heart of any animal.
This is really the first and only blue whale heart, and probably one of the few hearts of probably any whale that's ever been studied.