Sunday, July 08, 2007

A Dead Whale on Your Property? That's Your Problem

A few years ago a deer that had apparently been hit by a car staggered onto our property and died on the driveway, in front of the garage (I have some gruesome photos which I won't bother posting). We called a cop who came up to look and then told us to call the highway department, which was happy to cart the carcass away.

Compared to a homeowner near Point Judith, Rhode Island, we were lucky. The other day a dead whale washed up onto his beach. The Providence Journal summed up the situation succinctly:

The whale was wrapped with some kind of line, perhaps fishing line, and that was cut off and sent for examination to the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies.

Removal of the whale is the responsibility of the property owner...

Bummer, for the whale and for the property.



Blogger Sam said...

I think you're right. One whale washed up on Crescent Beach on Block Island in 2006, a big one, and boy was it a problem. We joked about eating it but federal laws prohibit that ... and plus it was pretty putrid anyway.

Hey, whale makes great steaks and sushi but you can't have it. If a dead one is being eaten by sharks you can't even catch sharks anywhere near it! The laws about whales are so screwy it would make your head spin - not unlike the horrendous smell they make when left to decompose. It is all rather sad.

Dang, you can't even harvest the bones for scrimshaw and other bone art. Most just dig a trench and bury it as best they can, out of sight and out of mind.

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