The carcass of a young whale washed up on a private beach in Plymouth, Massachusetts 17 days ago and, as neighbor Lynn Holdsworth made clear, it is “absolutely disgusting.”
The whale – or what’s left of it – is about 15 feet long. Leftovers are so smelly that they prevent neighbors from sleeping at night.
Caroline Collins thought it would go away.
“We thought it would sort of go up out to sea but, with the high tides and all, it just kept floating closer and closer. It wasn’t bad at first, but then after three days. , you went out and you were choked with the smell, ”she said.
If this was a public beach, the carcass would probably have been long gone. But it is up to the association of neighborhood owners to organize the elimination. It takes the proper permits and equipment to transport it to a landfill in Bourne. And the stench is at the mercy of the breeze.
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As Holdsworth pointed out, “I live on the hill on the other side and there are days when you walk outside hoping to smell the sea air and all you can smell is a dead whale. It’s like death in a dumpster. It’s horrible. “
She said it was more than just a cosmetic issue.
“It interferes with our ability to enjoy our homes. My neighbor across the street, her little girl smells it in her bedroom at night. Her bedroom is at the back of the house and, when the wind blows, the whole smell rises in his room, ”Holdsworth said.
The whale was apparently killed by a ship’s propeller, according to the International Fund for Animal Welfare, which conducted an external examination of the carcass.