Target: John Sibert, Mayor of Malibu, CA
Goal: Clean up dead whale carcass before the rotting worsens
A 40,000 pound whale carcass is rotting slowly along the beachfront of Malibu, California. The fin whale washed up after what appeared to be deadly blows to his back and spine, damages most likely caused from impact with a large boat.
Although the young whale met an untimely death, its body has yet to be forgotten as the rotting flesh stinks up the wealthy neighborhood between Paradise Cove and Point Dume where celebrities like Barbara Streisand and Bob Dylan own homes. The whale has yet to be removed because no one is sure as to who is responsible for the cleanup. Meanwhile, the meat continues to rot.
According to the executive director of the California Wildlife Center, Cindy Reyes, the Los Angeles County lifeguards had decided to attempt to pull the large mammal back into the sea during high tide. But the task seems a lot more difficult than they originally thought. Fire Inspector, Brian Riley stated that since the whale is so heavy, high tide will not be strong enough to unbury the animal. In order to move the whale successfully, a tug boat must be used to drag it out of the sand and back into the ocean.
However, no action has been taken to remove the carcass since it is not clear as to whose job it is to do so. The Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors has already stated that it is not its responsibility since the whale is technically on a private beach, and thus, private property.
Leaving this task to homeowners is irresponsible because homeowners do not have the resources that the government does to remove this enormous mammal. Although the property is private and the homeowners tend to be wealthy, the task is way too big for them to do alone. The local government must step up and clear up this mess before the rotting worsens and lowers the living standards within the area.
Whale wash ups are quite common in California and every time it happens, it is an ordeal to remove the carcass. But it must be done before the fumes start to spread; the local government must figure out who is responsible for removing the dead animal and begin the cleanup process immediately.
Dear Mayor John Sibert,
A 40,000 pound fin whale washed ashore in Malibu, California near Paradise Cove and Point Dume. The carcass is currently rotting and stinking up the entire area because no one knows who is responsible to dispose the body. The confusion stems from the fact that the animal is on private property, but you cannot expect a group of homeowners to know how to remove such an enormous mammal.
As mayor of Malibu, it is your responsibility to make sure your residents are happy, and a dead, smelly whale makes no one happy. Although it is unfortunate that the young whale died, the whale is not going to miraculously float back into the ocean with high tide because his body is essentially stuck in the sand.
Please figure out whose job it is and remove the whale immediately.
[Your Name Here]