The carcass of a 54-foot fin whale that was known to researchers for more than 30 years has washed up on a Massachusetts beach.
The Cape Cod Times reports Cotuit resident Anne Boucher discovered the carcass Wednesday night in Truro. Boucher contacted the International Fund for Animal Welfare which later confirmed it was the carcass of a fin whale nicknamed "Ladders."
The whale's carcass was first spotted in Cape Cod Bay near Barnstable Harbor in October.
Officials at the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies say they first catalogued the male whale in 1985, and he became well-known among whale watchers. It was nicknamed for the twin propeller scars near its dorsal fin.