Attempts to save the 20-tonne sperm whale failed after it washed up on Redcar (UK) beach early on Tuesday.
Following an autopsy by experts from the Zoological Society of London, a five-hour operation to cut up the carcass was carried out.
It involved the use of a hydraulic plant more usually used for road construction, mining or quarrying work.
It is not yet known why the whale was in the area, but some experts believe noise from shipping might have confused it.
The results from the autopsy are expected in about two weeks.
RIP sperm whale!
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