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Plan to move dead whale postponed

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    Dead whale spotted in water off Point Loma

    Monday, May 19 2014 2:18 PM EDT2014-05-19 18:18:43 GMT
    Monday, May 19 2014 2:18 PM EDT2014-05-19 18:18:43 GMT
    A dead fin whale washed up overnight on a Point Loma beach, leaving authorities with the stinky task of removing the huge carcass. 
    A dead fin whale washed up overnight on a Point Loma beach, leaving authorities with the stinky task of removing the huge carcass. 

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Authorities Tuesday postponed the task of removing a dead fin whale from a Point Loma beach while continuing to weigh options for the job.

A passer-by spotted the remains of the roughly 50-foot-long cetacean below Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant on Gatchell Road on Monday morning, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

Lifeguards, city parks-and-recreation workers and personnel with the National Marine Fisheries Service initially planned to drag the carcass into the ocean with a power boat at high tide this afternoon and then tow it to Fiesta Island, where the federal agency would be able to perform a necropsy.

As the high-water time approached, however, the agencies were still conferring on the best way to remove the carcass, necessitating the delay, SDFRD spokesman Lee Swanson said.

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