20-Ton Whale Carcass Rotting on Malibu Beach

Officials not sure what to do, as whale carcass too weak to move

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 7, 2012 9:25 AM CST

(Newser) – There's something rotten on one of the most exclusive beaches in Malibu—and it looks a lot like a 40,000-pound, 40-foot-long fin whale carcass. The remains are decaying close to homes owned by Barbra Streisand and Bob Dylan, and officials are at a loss about what to do, reports NBC News. "It's so embedded in sand that they won't be able to get it out. The body will be pulled apart," says an official from the LA County Lifeguards. The whale cannot be buried on the rocky beach either, and most likely will have to be moved elsewhere. Officials say it looks like the juvenile whale died from being hit by a ship.

Sea birds pick at the carcass of a young male fin whale that washed up Monday between the Paradise Cove and Point Dume areas of Malibu, Calif. yesterday.
Sea birds pick at the carcass of a young male fin whale that washed up Monday between the Paradise Cove and Point Dume areas of Malibu, Calif. yesterday.   (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
People look at a dead young male fin whale that washed up Monday between the Paradise Cove and Point Dume areas of Malibu, Calif. yesterday.
People look at a dead young male fin whale that washed up Monday between the Paradise Cove and Point Dume areas of Malibu, Calif. yesterday.   (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
A woman walks her dog past a dead young male fin whale that washed up Monday between the Paradise Cove and Point Dume areas of Malibu, Calif., yesterday.
A woman walks her dog past a dead young male fin whale that washed up Monday between the Paradise Cove and Point Dume areas of Malibu, Calif., yesterday.   (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
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