A woman who lives on the north coast of central Newfoundland hopes a whale that died near her home won't be left to rot.

Edna Hamel of Lewisporte said she woke up to the sound of the mammal thrashing in shallow water over the weekend.

It eventually died.

Hamel believes the whale is a young beluga.

"Hopefully, somebody is going to remove it because if not, well, it's going to break open, I guess," she said.

"After a while you can be guaranteed it's going to smell."

Lewisporte Mayor Brian Sceviour said the town is looking into who is responsible for dealing with the carcass.