Whale carcass washes ashore on Martha’s Vineyard

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — Officials say removal plans are underway after a whale carcass washed ashore on Martha’s Vineyard in Edgartown.

Town Harbormaster Charlie Blair says the whale washed up on South Beach early Monday morning.

Officials say the whale is estimated to be between 50 and 60 feet long and is heavily decomposed. It’s not clear exactly how long it’s been dead.

Blair says the whale has been moving east with the water. The area has been roped off to keep the public away due to health hazards.

Town police Sgt. Joel DeRoche says plans are in the works to hire a private contractor and tow the carcass out to sea on Tuesday. The state Department of Conservation and Recreation will be involved in the removal.

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