San Onofre State Beach in San Clemente, California has seen an increase of tourists thanks to the decaying corpse of a beached whale. Safety officials warns them that the removal process is, "going to be very messy."

The public safety superintendent for California state parks, Kevin Pearsall, first considered towing the giant mammal to sea. That plan was ditched when officials realized the carcass would probably just drift back to shore.

Pearsall decided that the best plan of action would be to cut up the whale and remove the remains by land, piece by piece. "If that is what ends up being done to it, it’s going to be very messy," Pearsall said. "It’s going to be probably upsetting to kids. We highly suggest, or ask, that people stay away once the removal process is in place, because you just don’t know what you’re going to see."

Read more at L.A. Times.

I read this story on air this morning and it instantly made me think about the news story from the 70's. You know the one, a dead whale had been stranded on a beach in Portland, Oregon.

Officials there didn't try to tow the thing out to sea or remove it by land. No, they packed the corpse with dynamite and blew it up!