31-Foot-Long Whale Carcass Washes Ashore at Ocean City

Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010  |  Updated 6:04 PM EDT
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31-Foot-Long Whale Carcass Washes Ashore at Ocean City

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Ocean City public works employees struggled over the weekend to remove an 11-ton, 31-foot-long humpback whale carcass that washed up on the beach.

The female whale's carcass first washed up at Fifth Street Saturday afternoon. Riptides pulled it into the current and it went ashore at Third Street, The Daily Times of Salisbury, Md., reported.

Researchers with the Department of Natural Resources said the whale had a skull fracture.

Public Works employee Dick Malone made a lasso from 75 feet of chain and looped it around the tail. With the help of a bulldozer and tractor, workers hauled the carcass down the beach under the Ocean City Pier.

The whale was then loaded onto a trailer and hauled, with police escort, to the Public Works complex on 65th Street.

A much better plan than this old whale removal fail from Oregon.

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