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Massive whale carcass washed ashore in Quang Ninh

The carcass of a huge whale has been washed ashore onto a mangrove forest in Quan Lan commune in the northeastern coastal province of Quang Ninh’s Van Don district.

According to local fishermen, when being found in the morning of July 18, the whale, weighing about 5-7 tonnes, was in the process of decomposition, giving off a strong smell.

The location is far from residential areas but on the local fishermen’s route to the sea. However, no one has travelled there for a while, as people are focusing on a traditional festival.

Luu Minh Duc, Chairman of the Quan Lan People’s Committee, said the current high water level makes it difficult to handle the trapped carcass.

A plan is prepared to get the work done when the tide recedes, he noted.

Previously, local people once discovered a whale carcass washed to the beach, then a burial pit was dug and environmental treatment measures was quickly implemented./.