- Associated Press - Thursday, May 4, 2017

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Environmental officials in Delaware have transported a dead whale that had been stuck on rocks to a more remote area because of the decomposing animal’s smell.

The News Journal reports (https://delonline.us/2pL3fOs ) Delaware wildlife officials towed away the juvenile humpback on Tuesday. It was decomposing in a popular birdwatching and fishing spot east of Dover in Port Mahon.

The newspaper reports the humpback was one of 42 that have stranded from Maine to North Carolina since 2016.

Suzanne Thurman, executive director of the Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation Institute, says the whale was between 25 to 30 feet long and weighed more than 18 tons.

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