Drivers in England were disgusted as a flatbed truck transported a rotting 50-foot giant sperm whale down a major freeway in broad daylight this week.
Driver Mark Stephens, 41, described the “unbelievable” stench coming from the carcass as it road fown the A2 towards Canterbury in Kent.
“There was a Land Rover in front and behind, flashing orange lights and this massive whale with its head and tail chopped off. There was blood and guts dropping off the back and everything,” Stephens told the Telegraph. “The smell was unbelievable. I’ve worked near an abattoir and that smelled bad, but this was something else.”
The whale was being taken to a landfill after it lay beached near Seasalter on the North Kent coast for a week.
“It was incredible really,” Stephens said. “You would have thought, given the state it was in, they would have transported it at night. I don’t think I’ll see anything like that again.”
Danny Groves, spokesman for Whale and Dolphin Conservation, told the Telegraph whale and dolphin carcasses are transported to landfills every year.
“It’s very hard to put an exact figure on the numbers, but it’s fairly common,” he said. “They have to be taken to landfill sites because they’re a health hazard. We advise people not to touch these animals if they come across them on a beach.”