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Crews begin work to dispose of dead beached whale

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Authorities Thursday began the gruesome task of cutting apart and disposing of a dead fin whale that has washed ashore in southern San Diego County twice in the last two weeks.

Research biologists with the National Marine Fisheries Service started cutting apart the roughly 50-foot carcass around midday at Border Field State Park, where it showed up over the weekend. The plan was to take some of the flesh for study and haul the rest to a landfill, Chris Peregrin, the park manager, told reporters.

The dead whale initially turned up May 19 near Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant and was towed out over nine miles to sea two days later in hopes that great white sharks would feed on it. Several days later, however, currents brought the carcass back to shore just north of the U.S.-Mexico line.

The process of removing the rotting remains was expected to be completed by Sunday, officials said.

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