Dead whale washes ashore at Torrey Pines State Beach

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SAN DIEGO -- A dead gray whale washed ashore Thursday on Torrey Pines State Beach in Del Mar.

The discovery of the juvenile whale carcass was reported in the late morning, said Joy Inton, a park aide for Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

The whale was fork-lifted to an area higher up on a bluff, presumably to prevent it from washing back out into the ocean during high tide.

The sight of the dead whale quickly became a tourist attraction.

"You get to see pretty whales in the ocean but once you get near here, it smells. They're so magnificent, so big, but it smells so bad," said Juana Rodriguez.

The whale is said to measure about 18 feet long and probably died while migrating north after spending the winter off the Baja coastline.

About two weeks ago, a dead juvenile humpback whale washed ashore on Silver Strand State Beach in Coronado.

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