Dead whale to be taken to landfill

SAN DIEGO - A dead fin whale that washed up about a mile north of the U.S.-Mexico Border near Border Field State Park last weekend will be transported to a local landfill.

The manager of Border Field State Park, Christopher Paragon, told 10News Wednesday that the process to remove the whale will begin Thursday. Paragon also said parts of the deceased whale may go to researchers.

10News was told that cutting the whale carcass and taking it to a landfill was one of the cheaper options.

The whale is believed to be the same whale that was towed from the Point Loma shoreline last week, and experts with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) believe it is the same whale because of the whale's measurements and amount of decay.

The whale is about 35 to 45 tons and 57 feet in length. It weighs nearly 40 tons.

The dead whale initially turned up on the beach near Point Loma on May 19. On May 21, lifeguards in a motorboat dragged the whale from the shoreline below Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant on Gatchell Road, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

It was later turned over to members of the Marine Conservation Science Institute, who worked the following day to release the whale in an area where it would not end up drifting back to shore, according to the Fallbrook-based nonprofit research agency's Facebook page.

"It was drifting south when the tow line snapped ... but it didn't go far enough," an official with the agency said in the online posting. "Welcome back whale."

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