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Dead Whale Towed Out to Sea for the Sixth Time

A dead whale washed ashore at Dockweiler Beach near the Los Angeles airport in California on the Fourth of July weekend. Authorities used boats to tow the rotting carcass out to sea. But it came back ashore at San Pedro. After another tow, the whale came back to shore at Newport Beach -twice. Both times, Newport workers dragged it back to sea. Then on Wednesday, the whale named Wally washed ashore at Orange County, and the county sheriff’s department towed it away from the beach. But Wally came back, landing on San Clemente State Beach. Park service lifeguards towed the decomposing whale out to sea for the sixth time on Thursday.

Mark Allen, lifeguard chief for Orange Coast District/South Sector said Wally was spotted about two miles from Cotton’s Point when lifeguards decided to pull it back out. They hoped to take it out about 10 miles from shore. A 15-foot shark checked them out at about the eight-mile mark, Allen said, but didn’t try to eat the whale.

“I think it’s way too decomposed,” he said.

They are hoping this time Wally won’t come back.  


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