(MALIBU PATCH) A plan is being developed to remove a 40-foot beached whale that is rotting on Little Dume, one of Malibu’s most exclusive beaches, according to Los Angeles County Lifeguards.

“It’s not physically capable of being moved because of its condition. It’s so embedded in sand that they won’t be able to get it out. The body will be pulled apart. There’s no way to pull it,” Zuma Beach-based Rescue Boat Capt. Kevin Marble said in an interview with Malibu Patch.

The juvenile male Fin whale washed ashore on Monday at Little Dume in Malibu, and a necropsy, the term for an autopsy performed on an animal, took place Tuesday. Researchers determined that the whale had died in the past few days from injuries resulting from a ship strike, according to the California Wildlife Center.


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