I saw this online at the time Couple make whale of a catch from beach, and today came across it again, wondering: How would on earth would people have treated a whale carcass in days gone by? I don’t know.
I suspect they would have taken more from the dead whale than a few ‘samples’ for analysis. Maybe tried to extract some whale oil, do you think? Or some bones? They wouldn’t let a little stench put them off.
And I don’t know how we would deal with it if such a thing washed up at my local beach. Call the Department of Conservation, like the Himitangi couple, I guess. While it’s still around.