VIDEO: Police Chief Says His Plan To Put Dead Whale In Dumpster 'Was A Mistake'

Cell phone footage captured a failed attempt to place a deceased two-ton, 16-foot minke whale into a dumpster.

Rye, NH – The Rye police chief has taken responsibility for local and state officials’ failed effort to move the body of a dead juvenile minke whale from a popular beach (video below).

A local reporter captured the moment they tried to put the corpse of the baby whale into a dumpster that was far too small to transport it on video, and posted it to Twitter.

“Yikes. The dead minke whale found on Jenness Beach didn’t fit in the dumpster,” Jason Schreiber of the New Hampshire Union leader wrote.

Officials explained the mistake was made with the very best of intentions.

“Our goal was removing the biohazard right away, Rye Police Chief Kevin Walsh told KXAS. “We said ‘baby whale,’ so everyone thought it was a small whale.”

But the deceased whale was approximately 16 feet long, and weighed around 4,000 pounds.

“We should have measured the length of the animal so it was clear what size container we would need,” Chief Walsh said.

The debacle began at approximately 6 a.m. on Monday, when a citizen at Jenness Beach found the dead whale washed up on the shore, the Foster’s Daily Democrat reported.

Experts believe it likely died after becoming tangled in fishing lines.

Chief Walsh contacted the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Seacoast Science Center, then helped to coordinate a plan to remove the two-ton animal for necropsy.

Video footage showed a loader as the operator attempted to maneuver the dead whale into the industrial-sized dumpster.

According to Chief Walsh, the plan was to drop the animal into the container diagonally, so the bulk of the body would fall inside, leaving the tail hanging out, KXAS reported.

"And then we had a way we were going to cover it up," the chief explained.

But when the loader operator tipped the fork forward to lower the whale into the unit, the gelatinous body hit the dumpster’s edge, knocking it off-balance, the video showed.

Instead of falling into the container, the dead whale flopped onto the parking lot concrete.

“That was a mistake that shouldn’t have happened and I take full responsibility for that,” Chief Walsh told KXAS.

The dead whale remained in the parking lot until Tuesday, when a larger container was hauled in. A necropsy was scheduled for Wednesday.

You can watch the failed removal attempt in the video below:

Comments (10)
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Dr Shoe
Dr Shoe

Why didn't they just Tow it out to sea, where it would have been disposed of by nature?

angeleyes
angeleyes

lmao

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

Yup.....he made a "whale" of a mistake . At least he's manning up and taking responsibility for it.

mauiisl
mauiisl

'Wishful thinking' is introduced to physics.

Old Hawg
Old Hawg

The problem was, of course, having to move the whale for the necropsy. Otherwise, it could have just been towed out to sea for the benefit of maritime scavengers. However bad the sheriff's idea and calculations were, it could have been much, much worse - and has been:

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

Something tells me that it was a slow news day in Rye.

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

This is priceless. Lol.

Best solution would be to drag the carcass out to sea and let the nature handle it.

Hi_estComnDenomnn
Hi_estComnDenomnn

Probably died from plastic straws which floated out to sea from California.