Dead Gray Pulled Out From Under San Francisco Pier

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco port officials have succeeded
in dislodging the decaying carcass of a gray whale that got stuck
under a pier along the city's waterfront.

A small boat today towed the body of the 1-year-old gray whale
beyond the Golden Gate to the ocean, where the 35-foot-long whale
may have died or become separated from a pack making the seasonal
migration from Baja California to Alaska.

The decaying whale was discovered lodged under Pier 27 Thursday,
but city officials consulted the Coast Guard, the Environmental
Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration before determining it was up to local authorities to
remove the dead marine mammal.

Port spokeswoman Renee Dunn says a whale had not gotten trapped
under a pier for two decades.

Tourists and television news crews cameras lined up on the waterfront to watch the extrication operation.
Information from: San Jose Mercury News,

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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