Contractors are removing the remains of the sperm whale which beached and died at Hunstanton last week.
Officials have urged the public to stay away from the area while the work, which is expected to be finished this afternoon, is completed.
A West Norfolk Council spokesman said a short time ago: “Contractors are now removing the whale from Hunstanton beach and it is hoped that this task will be finished in the next few hours.
“The remains of the whale will be transported to an out-of-county licensed animal incineration facility.
“The council is urging people to stay away from that area of the beach, as the job of removing the whale is not a pleasant sight and its advanced state of decomposition means there is a foul stench in the air.
“The costs of removing and disposing of the whale are still being added up, but they are likely to total several thousand pounds.”
The whale was among a group seen swimming off Hunstanton when it became beached near the cliffs last Friday.
The bodies of four more whales were subsequently washed up on the Lincolnshire coast.