ROTTING WHALE CASTS FOUL STENCH INTO MALIBU
MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — A dead whale rotting near the Malibu homes of Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan and other celebrities is causing a gigantic cleanup problem as authorities try to decide who’s responsible for getting rid of it.
Los Angeles County lifeguards planned to try to pull the 40,000-pound carcass out to sea at high tide, said Cindy Reyes, executive director of the California Wildlife Center.
But fire Inspector Brian Riley said that’s unlikely to work.
“You would need a tug boat to drag it out to sea,” Riley told City News Service in a report Thursday.
“It is entrenched in the sand and impossible to tow free even at high tide,” Riley said. “Burial at low tide will be difficult as well as land removal. It’s in an area with bad access.”
The city was not sure who would do the job, spokeswoman Olivia Damavandi said.