Jun 28, 2016 1:15 PM

Removal of Snow Plow, the whale, to cost tens of thousands of dollars

RYE - It will cost tens of thousands of dollars to remove the carcass of a humpback whale in Rye.

The whale, named Snow Plow, washed up on the beach Monday.

Dead whale's name was Snow Plow

Snow Plow is on state land but the town of Rye is assisting state officials with finding a disposal site for the remains after the New England Aquarium completes a 10-hour necropsy. The necropsy will hopefully determine cause of death if it was trauma by ship strike. A skin sample has been taken for testing, but no cause of death has yet been determined by that testing.

State and town officials trying to decide who has responsibility for the whale

Authorities say the whale could have had a disease. It's against the law to touch the whale, and crowds are being held back by rope.

Thousands of spectators continue to stop and view the 45-foot-long endangered whale. She was 18-years-old and last spotted off the Rye coast in September 2015. Her mother's name is Fern and is a well-known whale who makes her home in local waters. Snow Plow is not believed to have had a calf and did not appear pregnant at the time of her death.

Three weddings are planned in the adjacent Rye Harbor State Park this holiday weekend. The goal is to have the carcass removed before Saturday.

The skeleton will be removed and taken to an educational facility.

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