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Whale on California beach will be cut up, sent to landfill

/ 02:32 PM April 28, 2016
A woman covers her face while walking past a massive carcass of a whale decomposing at a popular California surfing spot Tuesday, April 26, 2016, in San Clemente, Calif. Authorities are trying to decide what to do with the massive, rotting carcass. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

A woman covers her face while walking past a massive carcass of a whale decomposing at a popular California surfing spot Tuesday, April 26, 2016, in San Clemente, Calif. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. — Authorities say the rotting carcass of a 30-ton gray whale that washed up on a California beach will be cut up and trucked to a landfill.

California parks officials made the decision Wednesday after deciding it would be impractical to tow the 40-foot whale out to sea or bury it at San Onofre State Beach in San Diego County.

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Beach Superintendent Rich Hardon says the work by an emergency contractor will begin Thursday morning and take a couple of days at a cost of about $30,000.

Curiosity seekers have been visiting the beach, despite the stench, since the huge animal washed ashore Sunday at Lower Trestles, a popular surfing spot.

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