A dead fin whale that washed up about a mile north of the U.S.-Mexico Border this weekend is believed to be the same cetacean carcass that was towed from the Point Loma shoreline last week.

Whale carcass on Point Loma Beach. Photo via Channel 6 and Twitter

The dead whale initially turned up on the beach near Point Loma Monday morning, authorities said.

On Wednesday, lifeguards in a motorboat dragged the roughly 40-foot carcass from the shoreline below Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant on Gatchell Road, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. It was later turned it over to members of the Marine Conservation Science Institute, who worked the following day to release the whale in an area where it would not end up drifting back to shore, according to the Fallbrook-based nonprofit research agency’s Facebook page.

“It was drifting south when the tow line snapped … but it didn’t go far enough,” an official with the agency said in the online posting. “Welcome back whale.”

–City News Service

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