I wonder how long it takes a whale of that size to decompose.
Shmuel Thaler / Santa Cruz Sentinel / AP)
In this Oct. 5, 2010 photo, California Highway Patrol officer Cotton Tichy and an unidentified man view the carcass of a blue whale that washed ashore over the weekend at Bean Hollow State Beach near Pescadero, Calif. The California Academy of Sciences says its researchers plan to take blubber samples, skin samples and conduct a thorough visual inspection for possible wounds. The animal will be allowed to decompose and wash out to sea once the samples are taken.