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

Authorities say the rotting carcass of a 30-ton gray whale that washed up on an Orange County 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.

The Orange County Register says the work could begin as early as Thursday and take a couple of days at a cost of about $30,000.

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

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