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

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.