A humpback whale carcass washed ashore about 8 p.m. Thursday evening on a popular beach in Southern California. The question, of course, was what to do with the 45-foot long, 22-ton mass of flesh and blubber in advance of the Fourth of July weekend. Transport it to a landfill, bury it on the beach, haul it out to sea, or blow it up?
Thanks to the town of Florence, Oregon, folks know what NOT to do. Back in the day (around 1970), dynamite was used to expedite carcass clean up. Color video of the newscast chronicling the exploding whale captured the messy results:
Learning from Oregon’s mistake, Los Angeles County officials opted to tow the humpback whale carcass named “Wally” back to sea where Mother Nature will take care of the clean up.