Efforts underway to remove beached sperm whale from Marche’s Point

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A sperm whale, about 40 feet in length, has washed up on the shore at Marche’s Point within the boundaries of the town of Cape St. George on the Port au Port Peninsula.

A sperm whale has washed up on the beach in Marche’s Point and efforts are underway to have it towed to a more remote location.

Mayor Peter Fenwick has learned the whale is the municipality’s responsibility, and efforts are underway to have the carcass towed from the location, which is close to some homes, to a more remote location.

Fenwick said it appears the whale died recently, and the mayor was surprised to see it washed up on a shore in St. George’s Bay, since sperm whales are typically deep-water mammals.

Wednesday afternoon, after hearing about the beached whale and making inquiries to the Whale Release and Strandings Group, Fenwick talked to the people who live closest to the location, who stated their concerns over the stench that would likely come from the animal.

He then went to the wharf in town to see if someone could be hired to tow the whale from its location, but the boats were all out fishing at the time.

Fenwick said he left word with people in the wharf area and is hoping someone gets back to him.

Check out Michael Fenwick’s youtube video of the whale at youtu.be/_D_w3nd5nsM.

The Western Star

Organizations: Whale Release and Strandings Group

Geographic location: Western Star

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