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Dead sperm whale found on Uruguay beach, lifted onto truck and hauled to burial site

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    The carcass of a sperm whale that washed ashore on Carrasco beach is lifted with a crane, in Montevideo, Uruguay, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. Dozens of Navy officials and rescuers used excavators to remove the marine mammal weighing up to 25 tons, to be buried in a nearby landfill. The 16-meter (52.5-foot) whale was found Saturday. (AP Photo/El Pais) URUGUAY OUT - NO USAR EN URUGUAY (The Associated Press)

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    The carcass of a sperm whale that washed ashore on Carrasco beach is transported to a nearby landfill, in Montevideo, Uruguay, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. Dozens of Navy officials and rescuers used excavators to remove the marine mammal weighing up to 25 tons, for burial in the landfill. The 16-meter (52.5-foot) whale was found Saturday. (AP Photo/El Pais) URUGUAY OUT - NO USAR EN URUGUAY (The Associated Press)

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    Pedestrians take photos of a sperm whale carcass that washed ashore on Carrasco beach as it is transported to a nearby landfill, in Montevideo, Uruguay, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. Dozens of Navy officials and rescuers used excavators to remove the marine mammal weighing up to 25 tons, for burial in the landfill. The 16-meter (52.5-foot) whale was found Saturday. (AP Photo/El Pais) URUGUAY OUT - NO USAR EN URUGUAY (The Associated Press)

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    A sperm whale carcass that washed ashore on Carrasco beach is buried in a nearby landfill, in Montevideo, Uruguay, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. Dozens of Navy officials and rescuers used excavators to remove the marine mammal weighing up to 25 tons, for burial in the landfill. The 16-meter (52.5-foot) whale was found Saturday. (AP Photo/El Pais) URUGUAY OUT - NO USAR EN URUGUAY (The Associated Press)

A dead sperm whale that washed ashore on a beach in Uruguay has been hauled away by truck for burial.

The 16-meter (52.5-foot) whale was found Saturday in Carrasco, a beach in the capital of Montevideo.

Dozens of navy officials and rescuers used excavators to drag the marine mammal weighing up to 25 tons to shore.

A crane lifted the whale's remains onto a truck Monday. Hundreds of curious onlookers gathered to look at the animal despite an overpowering smell hanging over the beach in the residential Montevideo neighborhood.

Officials say the whale showed no signs of injuries and likely lost its bearings.

The sperm whale is the largest of the toothed whales.