Ser­vice NL work­ing with lo­cal ser­vice district to move Name­less Cove whale

Beached whale will either be moved to a more se­cluded lo­ca­tion or buried

Northern Pen - - Front page - BY STEPHEN ROBERTS stephen.roberts@north­ern­pen.ca

NAME­LESS COVE, N.L. – A res­o­lu­tion may soon be com­ing to the dilemma of a beached hump­back whale in Name­less Cove.

Ser­vice NL has in­formed the North­ern Pen that govern­ment of­fi­cials are work­ing with the lo­cal ser­vice district in Name­less Cove, and they are weigh­ing their op­tions.

The state­ment read that Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs and En­vi­ron­ment of­fi­cials met Mon­day morn­ing, May 28 to seek ad­vice and di­rec­tion as to the ap­pro­pri­ate course of ac­tion, in line with pol­icy and prac­tice, for ad­dress­ing dead whales.

It was de­ter­mined that the whale “will have to be moved or dis­posed of, either by tow­ing it to a more se­cluded lo­ca­tion to de­com­pose or by burial.”

Ser­vice NL staff in the Western Re­gion will be work­ing with the Name­less Cove lo­cal ser­vice district to de­ter­mine its op­tions.

Last week, an en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion of­fi­cer was in the area as­sess­ing the site.

The whale had beached in the fall and froze over the win­ter. It is lo­cated in an area pop­u­lar with tourists in the sum­mer­time, on a point just across from Flower’s Is­land.

“A lot of peo­ple go out on Name­less Cove point and they try to get out as close as they can to Flower’s Is­land Light­house to get a pic­ture, of course,” Hank Di­a­mond said in the May 16 edi­tion of the North­ern Pen. “And that’s the clos­est point. They’d be driv­ing right on past that whale.”

With the spring thaw set­ting it, the large mam­mal has started to draw con­cerns from lo­cals that it will start to smell and po­ten­tially cre­ate a mess as seag­ulls scav­enge the de­com­pos­ing car­cass for food.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF HANK DI­A­MOND

A hump­back whale lays beached in Name­less Cove.

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