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Wally The Whale Finally Ended Up In A Landfill

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Wally, the deceased humpback whale that kept washing up on our shores, is now in a landfill, reports the OC Register.

This is a pretty unceremonious end for one of nature's most fascinating creatures. But hey, you can't say we didn't try. Wally's corpse had washed up on (or near) the shore on six different occasions in the past, and each time coast guards had to get on their boats and haul her back out to the ocean. The first incident happened right before the Fourth of July in Dockweiler State Beach. The latest incident happened this Saturday on the shores of Encinitas. By then her corpse was very badly decomposed:

Well, it looks like she won't be coming back again. As reported by GrindTV, Encinitas lifeguards, with the help of a construction crew, decided to scoop up her remains, put them in a dumpster, and truck them off to a landfill in San Diego. Her corpse, which had rotted to the point where her intestines were showing, had to be chopped up into four pieces, according to the Encinitas Advocate. Even then, Wally refused to go without a fight: she broke a forklift as the crew attempted to haul her away. As noted at the OC Register, there is no word on how much was spent on Sunday's efforts, but a similar incident in April in which a whale washed up on Trestles in San Diego had cost $30,000 to be chopped up and taken away.

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It may be a sad end for the beloved Wally. But it's perhaps for the best, as her rotting corpse had been attracting plenty of hungry sharks. Wally, as we've noted in the past, was famous before her corpse was causing everyone headaches. She was a familiar attraction off Newport Beach. Originally, researchers thought she was a male (which is why she's called Wally), but they later determined that she was actually female. Last year, a video of her (seemingly) spouting a rainbow out of her blowhole had gone viral: