THE removal of a decomposing whale from Eastney beach took 12 hours.
The dead animal was found on the shoreline by dog walkers on Monday afternoon.
Portsmouth City Council was assisted by Cosham Plant Hire, Veolia Environmental Services, Colas and the University of Portsmouth to remove the whale yesterday.
Despite previous suggestions it was blubber, the council said marine biologists from the university took DNA samples during the move to confirm it was a whale.
Colas cordoned off the road by the Royal Marines Museum in order to begin the operation, which consisted of transferring the rotting corpse from the bottom of the shoreline up to a nearby skip.