Dead whale washes ashore in Point Loma

SAN DIEGO - A dead fin whale washed up overnight on a Point Loma beach, leaving authorities with the task of removing the huge carcass.

A passer-by spotted the remains of the roughly 30-foot-long cetacean near Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant on Gatchell Road Monday morning, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

Lifeguards, city parks-and-recreation workers and personnel with the National Marine Fisheries Service plan to drag the carcass into the ocean with a power boat at high tide Tuesday afternoon and then tow it to Fiesta Island, where the federal agency can perform a necropsy to determine what killed the whale, SDFRD spokesman Lee Swanson said.

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