Removal of 50-foot sperm whale carcass started at beach south of San Francisco

April 16, 2015 4:11 AM

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PACIFICA, Calif. (AP) — When a 50-foot sperm whale washed ashore on a beach south of San Francisco, people stopped to look, snapped pictures of the massive mammal and even reached out and touched the creature that looks more like a dark ocean rock than the largest tooth predator on earth.

Biologists and veterinarians, however, had a different plan. They arrived early Wednesday morning at Mori Point on the south end of Sharp Park State Beach in Pacifica to begin the necropsy and the arduous process of cutting up the carcass for removal. The next steps remain murky.

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