Dead whales to be
dragged out to sea
The four whales
that washed ashore on the Acadian Peninsula late last week will be towed out to
sea today and sunk.
The sperm whales beached themselves
in the seaside village of ValComeau, near TracadieSheila.
By the times officials arrived on the scene after the
beaching was reported, three of the whales were dead and a fourth was barely
alive and died soon afterwards.
Since the whales beached
themselves on Crown land, disposal is the responsibility of the province's
Department of Natural Resources.
Brent Roy said Monday that while several options were considered, it was
decided to bury them at sea.
"We'll tow them out about
five miles, pierce them, weight them down and sink them," Mr. Roy said.
He added that a local fisherman has been employed to do
the towing and that the whole operation will cost about
While the cause of death is unknown, a Department
of Fisheries and Oceans spokesman speculated that high tides and strong winds
helped carry the whales ashore.