Second dead whale found off San Diego coast in 2 days

SAN DIEGO -- A decomposing whale was found floating offshore in Mission Beach Friday morning, one day after another dead whale was discovered near Torrey Pines.

Lifeguards received a call around 11 a.m. Friday about a decomposing whale floating in the water. A local dive charter boat was the first vessel to spot the carcass, San Diego Fire-Rescue said.

Lifeguards had to work quickly to move the body before it made its way into the surfline at Mission Beach, so officials hooked the carcass to a boat until the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration could come take samples and offer a recommendation on how to handle the carcass.

This decomposing whale, spotted off the coast of Mission Beach, was the second in two days found in San Diego waters. (Photo: SDFD Lifeguards)

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