Crews tow dead whale out to sea

SAN DIEGO - Authorities solved a pungent problem in Point Loma on Wednesday by towing a beached whale carcass out to sea.

Lifeguards used a powerful motorboat to drag the roughly 40-foot dead cetacean from the rocky shoreline below Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant on Gatchell Road in the late afternoon, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

The cetacean had turned up on the beach Monday morning, then turned it over to members of the Marine Conservation Science Institute.

According to an online posting, the Fallbrook-based nonprofit research agency intended to "baby-sit" the carcass about 20 miles from the coast and wait for great white sharks to find it, in hopes of tagging ones that are in the area to birth their young.

"We will have a short deployment of 140 days to determine where these pupping females have come from," the agency posted.

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