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Southern California lifeguards tow dead whale out to sea

March 20, 2019

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) — A 30-foot (9-meter) dead whale that washed up on a Southern California beach has been towed out to sea by lifeguards.

The Orange County Register reports the carcass was spotted Wednesday just off shore at San Onofre State Beach, a popular surfing spot.

The newspaper says lifeguards on Monday towed a dead whale out to sea from Hermosa Beach, about 65 miles (105 kilometers) to the north. It’s not known if the San Onofre whale is the same one towed off Hermosa.

Authorities try their best to keep carcasses out of shallow water, but currents and winds can push the giant beasts back onto shore.

When a 40-foot (12-meter) dead whale washed up at nearby Trestles in 2016, it cost $30,000 to cut up the 60,000-pound (27,000-kilogram) mammal and haul it to a landfill.

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Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com