Sea Monsters or Beaked Whales
What you are about to look at is gross! Also, this post is not about L.A. urban nature, it is about Orange County marine nature. But, I contend that some beaches are pretty dang urban and Orange County isn't that different from L.A.–right?
Plus, this is sort of sea monster-ish and therefore awesome, I couldn't resist!
This is not the rotting carcass of a sea monster!
*Note the ribs still covered with rotting flesh, and the exposed vertebrae. Jim said it smelled pretty awfull.
So, what is that mass of rotting flesh? According to Jim Dines, our excellent Mammalogy Collection's Manager, it is a beached beaked whale.
Here's the account Jim wrote up for our Research & Collections newsletter: