Community effort: After spending the better part of Friday attempting to push the beached blue whale back to sea, locals again gathered on Saturday to help bury the 18-metre marine mammal Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-2837808/Nicaraguans-bury-beached-blue-whale-washed-ashore-Friday.html#ixzz3JMS7Ccpn Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
Community effort: After spending the better part of Friday attempting to push the beached blue whale back to sea, locals again gathered on Saturday to help bury the 18-metre marine mammal.

NICARAGUA NEWS — Locals and tourists bonded on Nicaragua’s Popoyo beach (near Rivas) as they attempted to rescue a stranded blue whale.

But after spending up to 12 hours trying to push the 60ft creature back into the sea, they had to admit defeat and make plans to bury the huge mammal.

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The Environment and Natural Resources Ministry had originally hoped the tide would carry the whale back out to sea, but had to draw up new plans after they woke up to find the whale still on the sands.

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With the whale coming in at 60 feet, excavators decided the only plan of action was to dig a huge hole in the sand long and deep enough to contain the animal.

From 11am to sundown: Up to 50 locals and tourists attempted to push the beached whale back into the ocean until sundown on Friday, when they were too exhausted to go on any longer Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-2837808/Nicaraguans-bury-beached-blue-whale-washed-ashore-Friday.html#ixzz3JMSG0qLe Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
From 11am to sundown: Up to 50 locals and tourists attempted to push the beached whale back into the ocean until sundown on Friday, when they were too exhausted to go on any longer.

A bulldozer was also brought in, to help manoevre the animal into its beach grave.

This is not the first time a blue whale has washed ashore at Popoyo Beach, which is south-west of the capital Managua.

Thirty years ago, when the last blue whale was beached, the locals weren’t so kind.

Local resident Faustino Moraga Chávez, 46, told Nicaraguan news La Prensa that locals cut up the whale for it’s meat and distributed it among the community.

Heavy equipment necessary: Excavators and a bulldozer were brought in to ensure the whale was buried properly Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-2837808/Nicaraguans-bury-beached-blue-whale-washed-ashore-Friday.html#ixzz3JMSSdAO6 Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
Heavy equipment necessary: Excavators and a bulldozer were brought in to ensure the whale was buried properly.

These days, the Nicaraguan people are far more friendly to the marine mammal – realising the amount of money their wellbeing brings in for tourism operators.

Source: La Prensa