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Whale Carcass Washes up on California Beach, Officials Concerned over Sharks

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A massive whale has been rotting on the California beach for last few days, attracting people, biologists and maybe even sharks.

The whale drifted onto shore days ago and many are concerned that the giant mass will eventually attract sharks. The news quickly spread after Kelly Slater posted an Instagram picture suggesting the sight might keep surfing crowds to a minimum. Officials are still trying to figure out what to do as incoming tide conditions hinder their efforts.

While beach goers continue to flock to the beach to see the size of the huge mammal, biologists have taken tissue samples to try and determine the cause of death. A local fisherman reported seeing another whale in the area and expected to see it wash to shore as well. He guessed the creature on the beach must have died just hours before.

The combination of hungry sharks and curious spectators is not a good scenario. Hopefully, officials get the beast cleaned up quickly. At the very least, it sounds like the smell alone is reason enough to move this mess of flesh off the beach as soon as possible.

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Whale Carcass Washes up on California Beach, Officials Concerned over Sharks