CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- People who live on the shore of Cape Elizabeth truly made the best of a whale of a problem.
A 25-foot, 10,000 pound minke whale washed up on shore off Running Tide Road over the weekend. The homeowners called the police, who called Marine Mammals of Maine to deal with it. The Monas and Marine Mammals worked together, and turned the beaching into a learning experience for students in a 2-week course at the Shoals Marine Lab out of Isle of Shoals.
The whale blubber is going to be composted at the University of New England, the skeleton is going to be used to teach students at the school, and the students themselves get a rare chance to dissect a whale.
The Monas made a $1,000 donation to Marine Mammals of Maine and a $500 donation to Shoals Marine Lab. Generally, Marine Mammals cannot afford to remove animals from private property.