© ADAM MACINNIS – THE NEWS
BLACK POINT – An 8.1 metre Minke whale and calf are still on the Black Point Beach where they washed up on shore Saturday.
Nearby resident Bruce Ervin said he saw the dead whale and calf on Saturday afternoon.
Brian Cullen, CAO for the municipality, said it is the municipality's responsibility to remove the whale and it plans to do just that as early as today.
He said the whale will be moved about 700 metres and buried. The municipality is in the process of getting permission from the Department of Natural Resources to get an excavator on the beach. It also must obtain permission from landowners for a right of way to the beach.
Cullen said the whale couldn't be towed back out to sea because it would be considered a navigational hazard.
Ervin said that he and other residents hope that the whale isn't buried on the beach because they're afraid that when a storm comes it'll just wash it up again.