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Jun 30, 2016 12:23 PM

Rye whale's remains sent to compost farm in Massachusetts


SOUTH HAMILTON, Mass. — The dead, 45-ton humpback whale known as "Snow Plow" that washed ashore in Rye earlier this week will live on in several ways — parts of her skeleton will eventually be on display at a museum, and the rest of her body is currently decomposing into mulch.

Around 30 tons of whale blubber and organs were delivered to Brick Ends Farm in South Hamilton, Mass. early Thursday morning in two giant containers. The remains were spread out among horse bedding, which is made up of straw and manure. Owner Peter Britton says horse manure is full of microbes that will quickly break down the whale's body.

“We're just glad that we're available as that kind of a resource. I don't think other compost sites are necessarily that eager to take on a 45-ton whale,” Britton said.

The compost will eventually be made into mulch for next Spring. Britton hopes to have some of it sent back to Rye to be used there.

“We felt that that's where it came from and if they wanted to have some of their whale back, then they can have it in usable form,” Britton said.

This is the second whale carcass Brick Ends Farm has received. They took one in from Manchester-by-the-Sea a few years ago.


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