Published On: Dec 19 2012 11:50:02 AM ESTUpdated On: Dec 19 2012 05:56:17 PM EST
A 30-foot-long dead North Atlantic right whale washed ashore in Flagler Beach on Wednesday morning.
A fishing line was seen caught on the whale's tail.
Workers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission try to pull the whale from the water.
Members of NOAA Fisheries and FWC worked to secure the whale. They tied a line to it's pectoral fin and anchored the line to the beach.
Heavy machinery is used to move the whale further up the beach to perform a necropsy.
FWC workers examine pieces of the dead whale.
The whale will eventually be buried on the beach.
There are only about 300-400 northern right whales left, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. December to March is their calving season, when they migrate south to give birth to their babies.
The whales are an endangered species, and even Navy ships have to steer clear of them.
The last time a dead one washed up in northeast Florida area was in 2005 at Little Talbot Island.
Workers perform a necropsy on the whale.
A large hole is dug on the beach for the whale to be buried in.