A massive whale carcass is drawing attention after it washed ashore at one of Southern California's most legendary surf spots, and now whale watchers say they expect a second carcass will wash up in the area soon.
The carcass appeared along Lower Trestles on Sunday, a popular break at San Onofre State Beach south of San Clemente, according to Donna Kalez, general manager of Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching.
Two carcasses, estimated to be about 40-feet long, were recently spotted in the area, and a boat captain expects the second carcass will wash up in the next several days.
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The whale appears to have died of natural causes, as it had no visible signs of entanglements or abrasions. The discovery has attracted a wave of curious onlookers that flocked to the beach to snap photos of the dead animal.
"I've never seen anything like it before," one beachgoer said.
Officials said a necropsy will be performed to determine a cause of death.
State lifeguards will likely wait until high tide to take the marine mammal into the ocean.
A boat captain for the whale watching company said he recommends surfers stay away from the waters, as sharks are known to eat whale carcasses.