A 25-foot blue whale washed ashore in Canada

Conservationists are trying to determine what to do with the carcass of a 25-foot-long endangered blue whale that washed ashore south of Halifax.

MARS specialist Andrew Reed said there is no external damage to the whale’s body, so a full necropsy will be needed to determine the cause of death.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources classifies the blue whale as an endangered species, although their numbers are increasing. The IUCN estimates that there are between 5,000 and 15,000 adult blue whales worldwide.

MARS is now determining how best to dispose of the whale once necropsy is complete.

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