Whale may not be buried

For the huge whale that washed up on the beach near Ocean City earlier this month, the state Parks Department may just let nature take its course.

Originally, the department had planned on looking into burying the 68-foot fin whale, but operations teams in the area have noticed “it’s dissipating pretty quickly,” Virginia Painter said.

“They were seeing that nature was kind of having its way with it,” she said.

There are contractors available if the surf doesn’t handle the large creature, which researchers believe was killed when it was struck by a ship, but the natural process of the surf washing it away may completely remove it quickly.

“If it could happen just naturally, that would be best,” Painter said.