A dead whale has washed up near the shore in Lamaline, a small town on Newfoundland's Burin Peninsula.

The whale, which appears to be a humpback, could be seen Saturday washed up in a shallow rocky area.

Lamaline Mayor Maureen Fleming said the town is exploring options about what exactly to do with the whale.

There is no word on whether the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), or any other agency, has plans to remove it.

"For the time being we are just going to wait and see," she said.

"We will not be towing the creature out because wherever it may be situated there is still going to be smell or it's going to come back into shore to somebody else, and that's not exactly what we were looking for in getting this creature looked after."

Fleming contacted MHA Darin King about the issue, and is hoping to have a plan in place to dispose of the dead whale by Monday.