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Humpback whale carcass washes ashore in Old Perlican

The carcass of a humpback whale that was trapped in pack ice near Old Perlican earlier this year has washed ashore on a beach in Cook's Cove.
The carcass of a humpback whale that was trapped in pack ice near Old Perlican earlier this year has washed ashore on a beach in Cook's Cove.

OLD PERLICAN, NL — The carcass of a humpback whale that attracted considerable attention last month when it was stuck in pack ice near Old Perlican is now resting on a local beach.

Pack ice in Cook's Cove, Old Perlican trapped the whale close to shore on March 31. It died less than three days later. Little could be done for the whale, as water was too shallow for an icebreaker to clear a path for the marine mammal.

With the ice now long gone, the carcass has since washed ashore, with the lengthy whale carcass resting belly-up on the beach in Cook's Cove.

"While situations like these are unfortunate, it is important to remember that this is a natural occurrence within the marine ecosystem," the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) said in a statement released to The Compass.

The carcass of this humpback whale is lying belly-up on the shore in Cook's Cove, Old Perlican.

DFO is discouraging people from touching the carcass due to the risk of disease transmission and personal injury. The department also said the whale cannot be set adrift due to navigational concerns and that since it is above the high-tide mark, it is now the responsibility of provincial and municipal authorities.

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Anyone aware of an injured or trapped marine mammal is asked to contact the Whale Release and Stranding Group at 1-888-895-3003 or their local DFO office.

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