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It was an ignoble end for such a majestic creature of the sea.
The moment 25 tonnes of rotting whale carcass crushed a truck with a gut-wrenching splat has been caught on camera in Uruguay.
The 16m sperm whale was found washed up on a beach in Carrasco, in Montevideo, and hauled ashore to be taken away on the back of a semi-trailer.
Hundreds of onlookers gathered to witness the giant mammal craned off the beach -- a spectacle as much for the nose as for eyes, according to witnesses.
But video shot by one bystander reveals a gory mishap as the whale was lifted onto the trailer.
Suspended in the air, the ropes appear to suddenly let go, sending the distended carcass into freefall.