IT took a two big cranes and a 50-tonne dump truck to shift the carcass of a humpback whale from Scarborough beach on Tuesday night.
The City of Stirling contracted Kee Hire to remove the 29-tonne whale and transport it along Marmion Avenue to the Tamala Park refuse disposal site.
It was slow going, with the truck slowing to 20km/h around bends and roundabouts under police escort before arriving about 10.30pm.
Kee Hire owner Clayton Spiers was pleased that the night move, which slowed the traffic, went without a hitch.
‘That’s the biggest dump truck we could fit on the beach; we couldn’t get a truck down there so we had to use a piece of mining equipment,’ he said.
‘This the first time we’ve done a night transport on the road of a dead whale so special permission was granted by I think the Premier in the end via the mayor.
‘It was the only option; towing it out to sea wasn’t an option, chopping it up wasn’t an option for environmental reasons and all the rest of it.
‘So we came up with this idea to chuck it in the back of a dump truck and mobilise it.’
He said they had to pull the whale out of the shallows on Monday as it was attracting sharks. ‘They were eating it while we were pulling it out,’ he said.
The whale washed up on Scarborough beach early Sunday after it was floating near Rottnest and a Quinns Rocks 23-year-old climbed on top of it.
It stayed on the back of the truck Tuesday night outside the Tamala Park facility before being driven in Wednesday morning and dumped.