Fearing a gargantuan mess that could affect tourism and scores of seaside businesses, Deerfield Beach’s mayor Monday refused to allow government scientists to necropsy the carcass of a 30-foot sperm whale that had washed up on its most popular beach.
“It started bleeding. And they can explode,” said Mayor Peggy Noland. “No way are we going to let them cut this mammoth animal open on our beach. The stench would be incredible. Cut him open, and then cut the head off? I don’t think so.”
About 1:30 p.m., within an hour after Noland rebuffed an entreaty from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a Sea Tow tug boat hooked a line to the tail of the 30-ton leviathan and towed it out to toward the Gulf Stream.
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