SUNSHINE Coast Council has this morning started the expensive task of exhuming a whale carcass buried at Wurtulla Beach last week.
Residents living nearby have been door-knocked and warned of the smell.
The 20-tonne carcass will be dug up and relocated to a landfill, with police to provide an escort to the whale's final resting place.
The decision came after sustained pressure from surfers, community, groups and representations from Kawana MP Jarrod Bleijie.
More than 5000 people had signed a petition calling for the carcass to be removed from the beach with the incident also drawing global attention.
The dead whale washed ashore on Wurtulla Beach last Sunday and was buried in a shallow grave in the dunes, sparking anger in the community.
The situation worsened and health risks became a concern when the carcass began oozing oils and blood through the sand.
Council workers were expected to start the removal process at 6am today with officials to address the media at Wurtulla Beach at 8.30am.
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