Crews cutting up dead whale that keeps floating to shore

In a Sunday, July 17, 2016 photo, a surfer walks past the dead whale that washed up on Encinitas beach in San Diego. The whale is believed to be that whale which beached and died in Huntington Beach earlier this year. The dead humpback whale that keeps washing up on the Southern California coast after being towed out to sea is proving to be a headache for beach officials. (Nelvin C. Cepeda/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)

ENCINITAS, Calif. (AP) — A dead humpback whale that keeps washing up on the Southern California coast after being towed out to sea is proving to be a headache for beach officials.

A construction crew in Encinitas tried cutting up the rotting carcass Sunday but work was halted when part of a forklift snapped off. They’ll try again Monday and plan to haul it to a landfill.

Marine Safety Capt. Larry Giles tells The San Diego Union-Tribune that lifeguards covered the 22-ton whale with sand to try to ease the stench.

Officials believe the carcass that came ashore Saturday at Grandview Beach is the now-infamous whale dubbed Wally.

Wally was first towed away after washing up in Los Angeles County before the Fourth of July weekend. The carcass was towed three more times after drifting back toward shore.

 

 

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