A dead whale is shown washed up on shore in Outer Cove, N.L. on Monday, May 22, 2017. A rotting, putrid whale remains lodged on a Newfoundland beach, as a picturesque seaside town tries to come up with a plan to get rid of it. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Department of Fisheries and Oceans MANDATORY CREDIT

Rotting whale carcass in N.L. to be removed

OUTER COVE, N.L. — The putrid carcass of a humpback whale that has been rotting on a beach in Newfoundland and Labrador for nearly two weeks is set to be removed.

The mayor of Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove, a small community near St. John’s, says the dead whale washed ashore on May 22.

John Kennedy says it has taken days of bureaucratic wrangling to arrange to dispose of the partially submerged corpse on the shores of Outer Cove.

Kennedy says the town is working with the federal fisheries department to pull the carcass from the water and take it to be buried at a hazardous waste site.

He says he considered declaring a state of emergency for the town due to health concerns about the blubbery remains washing over the beach.

Kennedy says the removal should be complete by mid-next week, and weather permitting, he hopes the situation will become nothing more than a ”bad memory.”

The Canadian Press

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