Lamaline Mayor Maureen Fleming said the town has put a plan in place for the removal of a dead whale that washed up on the shores of the community six days ago.
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Residents of the Burin Peninsula have been making their way to the community of Lamaline to see the carcass of a whale that drifted ashore on Saturday.
“We have a contractor who is going to remove the whale and bury it,” she told The Southern Gazette Thursday.
Fleming said Cox’s Construction of Lawn has been hired to do the job.
The mayor said the time of the removal is yet to be determined as the town is waiting to hear from Wayne Ledwell of the Whale Release and Strandings Group on an issue that would need to be addressed first.
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Dead whale drawing a crowd in Lamaline
A whale carcass that washed ashore in Lamaline Saturday has left the town with the problem of what to do with the mammal.
The whale, believed to be a humpback, was discovered Saturday in a swallow area just off the main highway leading into the town and has be drawing people to the area since.
Wayne Ledwell of the Whale Release and Strandings Group acknowledged the municipality has been in contact with the organization to explore the options.
Ledwell said he has suggested the town have the whale towed to an isolated beach where they can anchor the mammal and leave it to break down.