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Humpback whale carcass reappears

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The same humpback whale Oak Island residents found stranded on the beach more than a month ago seems to have resurfaced. "One of the residents said the whale had reappeared, the same carcass we buried several weeks ago,” said Mayor Johnie Vereen. The town of Oak Island buried the 32-foot-long whale in the sand, in February, but Mayor Vereen said stormy weather may have un-earthed the buried humpback; when rough waves pounded the shoreline, it eroded the whale’s sandy grave. Town maintenance crews used construction equipment to pick up the remains and move it off the beach. Mayor Vereen said the whale is going to be buried in a spot where the elements can't get to it. “We loaded it on a truck today, and took it over to our compost area and we are going to bury it there. So that it shouldn't be a problem for anybody again, so, we hate that it happened but Mother Nature has a way of having it's own direction." Since whales have so much blubber, they are too buoyant to sink in the ocean. Mayor Vereen said it's acceptable to bury whales or other large fish in the sand right below the high tide mark. The autopsy results from last month showed the humpback whale died from getting tangled in some sort of fishing line.

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What a waste.

Why not just tow the carcass out to the deep sea, where other sea life can feed off it? That is how nature intends things to work, you know.

Towing out to sea, not the best idea

While I agree that nature should be left to take its course, this animal was not a victim of nature, but of human interaction (whether intentional or accidental). Still, towing the carcass out to sea might seem like the best choice, however, just trying to pull the carcass from the beach back into the water would be problematic, and would have certainly resulted in ripping the carcass to pieces - even IF they could get a vessel with enough power close enough to shore to pull such an immensely heavy animal back off the sand, through the shallows, and out to open water. The biggest problem, however, is that the ocean deposited the animal here in the first place, so towing the carcass back out to sea would most likely result in the ocean re-depositing it, but this time in decomposing chunks. So basically, nature was allowed to take its course by burying the animal where nature deposited it. Just my two cents! Jack Smith