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    Authorities Tuesday postponed the task of removing a dead fin whale from a Point Loma beach while continuing to weigh options for the job. 
    Authorities Tuesday postponed the task of removing a dead fin whale from a Point Loma beach while continuing to weigh options for the job. 

SAN DIEGO (CNS/CBS 8) - Authorities removed adead fin whale Wednesday from the Point Loma beach where it washed up several days ago.

On Wednesday afternoon, lifeguards began the effort to drag the roughly 40-foot carcass from the rocky shoreline below Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant on Gatchell Road, where it turned up Monday morning, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

The personnel intends to haul the remains of the cetacean about a half-mile offshore, then turn it over to members of the Marine Conservation Science Institute, a Fallbrook-based nonprofit research agency, who will tow it farther out into the ocean for disposal, SDFRD spokesman Lee Swanson said.

It was not immediately clear if the institute personnel would sink the carcass or leave it to float at sea, Swanson said.

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