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Dead whale from L.A. washes ashore in Leucadia

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The carcass of a dead humpback whale that washed ashore in Los Angeles earlier this month has turned up in Leucadia.
     
This 45-foot female humpback whale captivated the crowd at Grandview Surf Beach.

For more than two weeks it has been drifting down the southern California coast. She washed up Saturday night after floating from for several miles.

Jim Morgan's friends spotted the whale near Carlsbad.

"We were going, that couldn't be the same whale. How could it drift down here all the way out to the beach--hard to believe," Morgan said.

Lifeguards think this is Wally, which was spotted suffering from "red whale lice" earlier this year near Los Angeles.

She was towed out to sea four times by L.A. and Orange County lifeguards only to end up in Encinitas with tow line still attached.

"It reminds you how small you are as a person and how big the whales are. Even though this is dead and blubbery, they're still majestic animals," Ralph Goericke said.

Encinitas lifeguards spent the day keeping people away from Wally.

"I think it's cool to see what's out there. I always know there's whales, there's sharks, but it's rare to actually see one, so I think it's cool," Lucie Shamlou said.

Lifeguards plan to tow Wally to sea Monday morning.

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