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Rotting whale becomes sad spectacle in Malibu

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 7, 2012 at 6:45 pm •  Published: December 7, 2012
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"From the evidence that we have so far, it appears that it was hit by a ship," said Jonsie Ross, marine mammal coordinator for the California Wildlife Center.

James Respondek, a real estate agent who lives in the area, worried that the carcass would draw sharks that could pose a threat to his young daughter, who swims in the cove, and to his favorite surfing spot down the beach. He said he was frustrated that no agency would remove the carcass.

"There seems to be no readiness to take responsibility, to take action, just a lot of excuses. 'I don't have a boat, I don't have the money, I don't have the resources,' they all told me," he said.

Looking over the whale on Friday, Malibu resident Ben Dossett suggested there was now no need to try to remove it.

"You look at the difference between what it was on Tuesday to what it is today. I think they can just leave it and let nature take its course," he said.

Fin whales are endangered, and about 2,300 live along the West Coast. They're the second-largest species of whale after blue whales and can grow up to 85 feet, weigh up to 80 tons and live to be 90 years old.


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