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Beached whale found 800 meters ashore in Yorkshire
“It is sad. It was in shallow water of about 4ft to 5.25ft, making contact with the bottom,” said Andy Gibson, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. “This was about 800m offshore. When it gets in that situation it rolls onto its side and it can cover its blowhole.”
These photos appear to be taken from a Yahoo article:http://uk.news.yahoo.com/beached-whale-found-in-yorkshire-field.htmlOther readers have astutely noted that the title doesn't match the text of the article:Quote from: TITLEBeached whale found 800 meters ashore in YorkshireQuote from: Article Text“It is sad. It was in shallow water of about 4ft to 5.25ft, making contact with the bottom,” said Andy Gibson, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. “This was about 800m offshore. When it gets in that situation it rolls onto its side and it can cover its blowhole.”So, the "experts" seem more interested about what was happening 800m OFFSHORE, rather than what was happening in the middle of the field. There seems to be no bewilderment in the text of the article about why the whale is in the middle of a field, indicating that it was intentionally transported there to either be buried, dissected, butchered, or picked up by renderers.
Ahh, I missed the hyperlink.How heavy is the whale? It says 33 feet.Based on notes on the web, I'm guessing on the order of 5 to 10 tons.It would be big... But, perhaps it was found rolling around the surf and someone decided to move it inland with a helicopter for analysis and disposal.The Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane has a payload of 20,000 lbs and should be able to handle it.The Boeing CH-47 Chinook has a payload of 28,000 lbs.The Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion has a payload of 32,000 lbs, and should also be able to handle it.Trucks, Cranes, Cats, and Winches might also work to move it, but undoubtedly would tear up the animal getting it to a place for analysis, and the land based vehicles might have problems on the beach.It should have been easy enough to tow out to sea. Are there any facilities anymore that specialize in whale carcases?