Rotting whale may explode

2014-04-30 07:32

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Trout River - A small town on Canada's East Coast is concerned that a dead whale that is rotting along its shoreline next to a boardwalk could explode.

Emily Butler, the town clerk in Trout River, Newfoundland said the 26m blue whale is beached next to a community boardwalk and is emitting a powerful stench that is spreading through the town of 600 people.

Butler says she and others in town are concerned that the methane gas caused by decomposition could cause the animal to burst.

She has asked for help from the province's environment and government services departments as well as the federal fisheries department to remove the carcass.

The whale is one of three beached along Newfoundland's west coast.
Read more on:    canada  |  environment  |  marine life

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