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

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, April 26, 2016 file photo, a woman carrying an infant on her back looks at a massive carcass of a whale at a popular California surfing spot in 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, April 27, 2016, 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.  (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi, File)

    FILE - In this Tuesday, April 26, 2016 file photo, a woman carrying an infant on her back looks at a massive carcass of a whale at a popular California surfing spot in 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, April 27, 2016, 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. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Heraclio Belmontes looks down at the mouth of a massive carcass of a whale 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 photos/Lenny Ignelzi)

    Heraclio Belmontes looks down at the mouth of a massive carcass of a whale 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 photos/Lenny Ignelzi)  (The Associated Press)

  • 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. Authorities are trying to decide what to do with the massive, rotting carcass. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)  (The Associated Press)

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.

The Orange County Register (http://bit.ly/1WTj80I) 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.