Contractors are evaluating how to remove the carcass of a 55ft (17m) whale washed up on a popular tourist beach without having to cut it up.
The 30-tonne fin whale got into difficulties in the sea at Bridlington, East Yorkshire, earlier this week before dying on Tuesday.
The huge carcass has become a macabre tourist attraction with families approaching the animal to look and people taking selfies.
There were concerns the marine mammal would have to be dissected to remove it from the beach, but East Riding of Yorkshire Council has said it hopes to move it whole.
A council spokesman said: “Over the next couple of days we will be working with our contractors in an attempt to move the whale away from the beach whole, and we are liaising with zoological experts over the cause of this sad incident.
“To help us, some roads and slipways will be closed, and we’d ask the public to please bear with us.
“This is a very challenging operation and the largest of its kind we have dealt with.
“The body has moved slightly down the beach overnight because of the tide.
“There will be a cordon and we are urging people to please stay away from the whale for health reasons, to help us deal with the situation, and also out of respect.”
Meanwhile, the body of a humpback whale has washed up at a loch in the Scottish Highlands.