Officials with the Department of Parks and Wildlife were forced to call in the big guns, rolling in a piece of heavy machinery to help dispose of the rotting sperm whale head.
"It was a complex and challenging operation due to the location," explained Parks and Wildlife Senior Marine Ranger Vaughn Chapple, "as the whale head had to be moved by excavator up a 15-meter-long, 40-degree embankment."
Authorities said the head, which usually comprises one-third of a whale's mass, weighed roughly five metric tons.
The whale's body was found a few miles away; its presence moved officials to close the beach over worry the carcass might attract sharks.
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