Jun 28, 2016 5:15 PM

UPDATE: Experts will conduct a Necropsy on the beached whale


RYE — The 18-year-old female whale named Snow Plow has been deceased for several days. First, there was a battle over whether it washed up on state or town property. Then it was a question of where to dispose of the 40 tons of bio material after the Necropsy.

"It’s about a ten hour process, I understand to do the Necropsy," said Lt. Mike Eastman from New Hampshire Fish and Game.

The Necropsy will be done on Wednesday. By examining the whale’s inner organs, researchers hope to determine how the young humpback whale died. There are no visible signs of trauma that would indicate the whale was struck by a ship. She may have had a disease.

"Once we roll her over we can see if there is blunt trauma or contusions," said Dianna Schulte of the Blue Ocean Society.

The whale’s remains will be transferred to a disposal site, her skeleton will be preserved for an educational facility

All day Tuesday, traffic was backed up on route 1A as thousands came to see the deceased whale.

"It's a rare event to see this. Last time we had a large whale wash up was back in 2000. Most people have never seen anything like this," David Morin from NOAA.

With three weddings planned this holiday weekend at the adjacent Rye Harbor Park, authorities are eager to get the necropsy completed and the whale’s remains moved.

Audrey Tomaszuk of Derry drove to Rye Harbor to see the deceased whale.

"I figure this is one of the only chances in our lives to see a humpback whale. It's sad," she said.


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