Gray whale hauled up Santa Cruz cliff, off to the dump

Full story: Santa Cruz Sentinel

It was as if the wharf workers and tow truck drivers were experienced at hoisting decaying whales from rocky coves up steep cliffs and onto flat bed trucks.
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hmmm

Santa Cruz, CA

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#1
Apr 3, 2009
 
Good job, guys. I'll bet the crowd was happy it didn't explode or break up. Were the drummers there? Where are the comments about feeding the homeless?
rio woman

Pacifica, CA

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#2
Apr 3, 2009
 
seems weird to bury a whale in a landfill .. i feel it needs an ocean burial ....
SCLOCALBOY

Utica, NY

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#3
Apr 3, 2009
 
LIKE i SAID SOUP ?
dude

San Jose, CA

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#4
Apr 3, 2009
 
but it had an ocean burial. the ocean decided to deposit it on the beach...
Blubber

Watsonville, CA

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#7
Apr 3, 2009
 
Why don't they render the fat and power some oil lamps for a year? Or better yet turn it into bio diesel.
Coulrophobia

San Bruno, CA

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#8
Apr 3, 2009
 
Why couldn't the necropsy be done at the Dimeo Lane landfill? The reporter should have asked that. It seems a shame to just immediately bury the whale, with no useful information collected.

I love this quote:

“And they'll give me a bill,” he said.“We have to pay for it by the pound.”

Landfill prices have risen along with everything else. That is one expensive load of rubbish!
RobtA

Scotts Valley, CA

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#10
Apr 3, 2009
 
Jesus rose. Why not a whale?

I wondered where they put the whale. For a moment, I thought maybe they turned it over to the same folks who made Jimmy Hoffa disappear.
Pat Kittle

Santa Cruz, CA

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#11
Apr 3, 2009
 
It could have been left in Lighthouse Field to naturally decay.

Residents downwind could have been issued taxpayer-funded noseplugs. If they still complained, they could simply be derided as "nimbys."

Eventually the park would have had a new tourist attraction -- an authentic and complete grey-whale skeleton.
P U stinky mcgillicuddy

Watsonville, CA

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#12
Apr 3, 2009
 
We rubbernecked at your blubberneck long enuff.

We will decorate your grave with our soda cans, plastic easter eggs and soiled diapers.

Thank-you for your visit to our Marine Sanctuary and letting us prove devolution is alive and well in Santa Cruz.

PU stinky mcgillicuddy saying Peace out little fella.
From Santa Cruz

San Jose, CA

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#14
Apr 3, 2009
 
I was always taught to respect animals and treat them as a gift. I don't see this as very respectful. It should have been hauled out to sea or buried somewhere other than a giant trash heap.

Don't get me wrong, I'm no PETA type. I eat meat, I believe in keeping pets / livestock, and I'm even a hunter. But I still consider this disrespectful. The animals are a gift to us. You don't take a gift and throw it in the trash heap.
good job

Santa Cruz, CA

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#15
Apr 3, 2009
 
Now does that go in the green waste or? Do the seagulls and ravens at the dump like whale meat? Could be a win-win.
Seymore

Santa Cruz, CA

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#16
Apr 3, 2009
 
This would have been a great bone skeleton for education. There is a place already..

Wow I'd have to see what happens in a real emergency - Was Sponge Bob making the decisions?

Bunch of meatheads.
MotherEarth Princess

United States

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#17
Apr 3, 2009
 
So hard to see this picture. I hope she died quickly and with out suffering.
B Love

Fremont, CA

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#18
Apr 3, 2009
 
What a Senile disgrace...at least give the whale death story a proper, sympathetic, dignified title you friggin' careless writers. Like, maybe, "Beautiful gray whale dies, Washes up on WC Beach."

When our mother earth gave us those whales, we were graced. You wouldn't write something like that if your mother died. "Mother of 2 hauled up beach cliff, hauled to the dump," even if that's what they had to do to her, at least give it a decent title...geez, no tact.

We are an ocean-loving beachtown, we should have more dignity in addressing some matters..

Let's see a formal apology!
Becky Johnson

Sacramento, CA

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#19
Apr 3, 2009
 
I hope when I die, they don't haul my carcass off to the dump?.
Blove

Fremont, CA

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#20
Apr 3, 2009
 
Becky, I'm sorry, I just did exactly what the Senile did, and I myself, apologize.
dont mess with nature

San Leandro, CA

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#21
Apr 3, 2009
 
Christ Puncher wrote:
Get the dynomite! Lets make it rain!
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MDora

Santa Rosa, CA

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#22
Apr 3, 2009
 
Well I see they took what I suggested in my post about getting a crane and hauling if off. I certainly hope they keep the skelital remains and put them on display at Longs Marine Lab as I have suggested. This would be something that school kids could see on field trips etc. If they just bury it them I will be convenced that the people running this city are idiots.
SC Local

Santa Rosa, CA

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#23
Apr 3, 2009
 
From Santa Cruz wrote:
I was always taught to respect animals and treat them as a gift. I don't see this as very respectful. It should have been hauled out to sea or buried somewhere other than a giant trash heap.
Don't get me wrong, I'm no PETA type. I eat meat, I believe in keeping pets / livestock, and I'm even a hunter. But I still consider this disrespectful. The animals are a gift to us. You don't take a gift and throw it in the trash heap.
You consider animals a "gift" and yet you HUNT them? WTH?
Right on Time

Watsonville, CA

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#24
Apr 3, 2009
 
From Santa Cruz wrote:
I was always taught to respect animals and treat them as a gift. I don't see this as very respectful. It should have been hauled out to sea or buried somewhere other than a giant trash heap.
Don't get me wrong, I'm no PETA type. I eat meat, I believe in keeping pets / livestock, and I'm even a hunter. But I still consider this disrespectful. The animals are a gift to us. You don't take a gift and throw it in the trash heap.
I'm with you. There's something about this decision to dump the whale that makes me very, very sad.

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