Rotting whale carcass in Malibu towed out to sea

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Associated Press

Posted on December 8, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Updated Sunday, Dec 9 at 5:33 AM

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — The decaying carcass of a whale that washed onto a California beach has been towed out to sea.

Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Brian Riley says a tugboat hired by a homeowners' association towed the carcass of the huge whale about 20 miles from shore Saturday.

The 40-foot-long whale washed ashore Monday, creating a big stink and attracting onlookers to the narrow beach in Malibu. The homes of movie stars and millionaires line the cliffs high above the beach.

No government agency took action to remove the dead whale, and it appeared the job would be left to Mother Nature.

The fire department's lifeguards patrol beaches in Malibu, but Riley says the homeowners did not take up the lifeguards' offer to help with the towing.

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