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Whale carcass has drifted a quarter-mile northward

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 by Allyson Chiu

Guam - Multiple government agencies have met and discussed how to dispose of the dead baleen whale that washed ashore in Agat. The lead agency in the removal process is the Department of Agriculture. According to deputy director Matt Sablan the current plan of action is to leave the whale and "let nature take its course".

Residents living near the site have been informed of the situation and a biologist has determined that the odor emanating from the carcass will not be a health issue. The alternate plan is to use excavating equipment to remove the whale, but this is only in the event that it becomes dangerous to those living in close proximity to it.

Daily reports from conservation officers monitoring the site indicate that the whale has traveled a quarter of a mile north along the shoreline since Sunday.

The public is still discouraged from approaching the whale as it may not only be carrying contractible diseases, but their visits are disruptive to the residents living nearby.
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