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Rotting whale is huge problem in Southern California

  • People look at a dead young male fin whale that washed up Monday between the Paradise Cove and Point Dume areas of Malibu, Calif. on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. The rotting carcass near celebrity homes is causing a gigantic cleanup problem as authorities try to decide who's responsible for getting rid of it. Los Angeles County lifeguards planned to try to pull the 40,000-pound carcass out to sea, perhaps at high tide Thursday, said Cindy Reyes, executive director of the California Wildlife Center. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

MALIBU — A whale carcass rotting near celebrity homes in Malibu is causing a gigantic cleanup problem as authorities try to decide who's responsible for getting rid of it.

Los Angeles County lifeguards planned to try to pull the 40,000-pound carcass out to sea, perhaps at high tide Thursday, said Cindy Reyes, executive director of the California Wildlife Center.

However, that may be too much of a job, county fire Inspector Brian Riley said.

"Our lifeguards think this probably exceeds our capabilities," he told City News Service. "You would need a tug boat to drag it out to sea."

The city was not sure who would do the job, spokeswoman Olivia Damavandi said.


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