Duxbury, MA - A whale washed up on the shore of Duxbury Beach on Monday, August 20, 2018. The whale was buried a day later, on Tuesday, August 21, 2018, in Massachusetts.

The whale that washed up on Duxbury Beach on Monday was brought to the New England Aquarium’s attention shortly after police officials found the mammal. New England Aquarium officials then took blubber from the dead whale’s fin to perform a necropsy; results may take weeks, even months, to come in.

Diana McCloy stated Tuesday, in an interview on the matter that the 52-long-foot whale blubber samples are being sent to many different labs for testing. The aquarium’s spokeswoman and the biologist are doing the testing, hopes that the testing shows the cause of death for the whale. As of now, officials have no idea how the whale washed up on the shore of Duxbury Beach on Monday morning, and they have no idea how the whale died.

While officials were grabbing samples from the whale, people were told to stay away from the beach.

The private owners of the beach buried the whale yesterday morning after enough blubber was recovered from the mammal. The whale was nearly 30-tons, and it was moved to another part of the beach to be buried.

One of the private owners, Chris Luttazi, stated in an interview yesterday that the whale was split down the middle into two pieces during the necropsy. Afterward, an excavator was used to move each half of the whale to its proper burial ground.

According to aquarium’s spokeswoman McCloy, the whale had appeared to be dead on arrival. In fact, McCloy stated that the whale was likely to have been dead for approximately 2 to 3 days before washing on the shore of the Duxbury Beach.

It’s unclear if the whale was on its way to shore to “strand itself.” Ocean animals often strand themselves in order to rest or seek safety. This may be the case, but hopefully the necropsy results will point officials in the right direction regarding the cause of death. For now, we wait weeks or months until biologists are done testing the whale’s blubber.