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Whale On Beach Will Be Cut Up, Sent To Landfill

The carcass of a dead whale that washed up on Lower Trestles beach, April 26, 2016.
Roland Lizarondo
The carcass of a dead whale that washed up on Lower Trestles beach, April 26, 2016.

The carcass of a dead whale that washed up on Lower Trestles beach, April 26, 2016.
Roland Lizarondo
The carcass of a dead whale that washed up on Lower Trestles beach, April 26, 2016.

Authorities say the rotting carcass of a 30-ton gray whale that washed up on a beach near San Clemente 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 Orange County.

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.