When whales wash ashore, it’s a spectacle for most of us that we might see and forget about. But for someone else, it’s a dirty, stinky, massive job to break it down and remove it. Plus, it can be dangerous, as a giant carcass will attract sharks.
Towing the carcass out to sea isn’t generally a good option, because it would likely come apart and attract more sharks and other predators, putting beachgoers at risk. When a 10-ton humpback whale recently washed ashore in Hawaii, Randy Cates of Cates International Marine Salvage was contracted to get rid of it, according to HawaiiNewsNow.com.
Cates’ business isn’t limited to whales, he clears out whatever washes in. He’s been hired to remove boats, yachts, whales and other giant, messy stuff, for about $6,000 to $8,000 for each “project,” which is paid for by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.