(LOS ANGELES) — Los Angeles County Officials say they are planning how to dispose of a decomposing whale at a Malibu, Calif., beach as soon as the low tide begins around Dec. 10. The odoriferous carcass is within a mile radius from the mansions of Barbara Streisand, Bob Dylan, and other celebrities.
The young fin whale drifted ashore between Paradise Cove and Point Dume on Monday Dec. 5 officials said, and had been rotting ever since. The whale is around 35 feet long, and was gutted by California State Wildlife.
Los Angeles County officials said that its body was emaciated with the tail intact. They also said that Los Angeles County lifeguards attempted to pull the 40,000-pound carcass out to sea at high tide but were unsuccessful.
“Part of the problem is that the whale is badly decomposed and towing it out is impossible because it will break up,” Brian Riley, inspector at LA Country Fire Department, told ABCNews.com.
“The county lifeguards have tried to handle the whale but it is really heavy and too wedged and embedded in the sand,” Craig Sap, spokesperson from California State Parks, told ABCNews.com.
“We also cannot get any solid equipment in because the low tide is not in yet. The low tide starts around December 10 so we can start planning after that,” he said.
Riley said nothing can be done to mitigate the odor from the decomposing whale.
Many agencies have been collaborating in handling the crisis of the decomposing whale. “The County of Los Angeles Lifeguards, the LA County Fire Department, the City of Malibu, and State Parks and Recreations are all consolidating their resources to assist in the matter,” said Sap.
“Dealing with the decomposing whale has been a collaborative effort. Because the whale is on state land many departments are involved,” said Riley.
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