A reader took this photograph of public works department crews removing a 25-foot-long dead minke whale from Old Orchard Beach on Monday morning. The whale, which is believed to be an 8,000-pound male juvenile, died several weeks ago at sea before washing up on Pine Point Beach in Scarborough on Sunday. Waves and high tides shifted the whale’s carcass onto Old Orchard Beach, but crews didn’t hesitate to act. The whale was lifted off the beach by a front-end loader before being placed in a town dump truck, which carted the creature off to a burial site.