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New York's American Museum of Natural History dusts off its 94-foot-long blue whale

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    Brittany Janaszak vacuums the dust off of a life-size model of a blue whale at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (The Associated Press)

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    Brittany Janaszak vacuums the dust off of a life-size model of a blue whale at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (The Associated Press)

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    Brittany Janaszak vacuums the dust off of a life-size model of a blue whale at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (The Associated Press)

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    Brittany Janaszak vacuums the dust off of a life-size model of a blue whale at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (The Associated Press)

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    Brittany Janaszak vacuums the dust off of a life-size model of a blue whale at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (The Associated Press)

The American Museum of Natural History's popular blue whale is getting its annual dusting.

Workers at the Manhattan museum on Tuesday carefully vacuumed and dusted the iconic replica as onlookers watched.

The 94-foot-long, 21,000-pound model, which hangs in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, is based on a life-sized blue whale. It was first installed in 1969.

A museum spokesman says the dusting is needed to bring out the whale's details.

The cleaning will take several days.

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