How to Move a Whale Carcass
City of Edinburgh had to solve the problem in a hurry
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 18, 2014 8:00 AM CST
Not a sight you see every day: This photo from the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme shows the whale in transport.   (

(Newser) – Officials in Edinburgh, Scotland, faced a vexing question this week: What do you do with a dead 30-ton whale that washes up on a beach—near a hotel, no less—and begins stinking up the city? The answer involves a crane, a big truck, a landfill, and some unusual images, reports the Independent. "There are only a few options for an animal this size," explains a Facebook post by the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme.

After leaving it in place and trying to bury it were quickly ruled out, the agency towed the 45-foot animal to a port, lifted it by crane into a truck, then drove it to a local landfill. "Not the nicest place to perform a necropsy but it does allow us to get an accurate weight on an animal that would be too big to weigh anywhere else," says the SMASS. The best guess is that the young male sperm whale ran into a ship's propeller in deeper waters, reports the BBC. (If so, maybe this app could have saved its life.)

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Lou Bernardo
Jan 20, 2014 11:17 AM CST
Tow it to Japan, they'll eat anything.
Jan 19, 2014 7:06 PM CST
What? No dynamite? Booooring.
Jan 18, 2014 11:31 PM CST
These comments are bad "sea men", Japanese, Governor, And you should be asshamed of yourselves! But are you no! :)