WATCH: Shark Feeding On Whale Carcass Off Duxbury Beach

(Plymouth Harbormaster)

DUXBURY, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Duxbury Beach was temporarily closed to swimming on Monday after sharks were spotted chowing on a minke whale carcass just offshore.

According to officials, the whale was swarmed by sharks before washing up on shore.

It was a challenge to remove the 28 foot and 6 ton whale body.

“It’s been preyed upon, so it’s a bit of a deterioration. So, you have to be careful on how you move it so it stays intact,” Duxbury Beach Reservation Executive Director Cristin Luttazi said.

Authorities had to work against a high tide. Officials were concerned that if any of the body leeched into the water, the sharks would come back.

The body was taken to its final resting place, where it will be buried 16 feet deep and far away from water.

The beach has since reopened for swimming.

(Photo: Plymouth Harbormaster)

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WBZ NewsRadio's Kendall Buhl (@KBuhlWBZ) reported this story.

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