- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 13, 2016

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - A dead whale that keeps returning to the Southern California coast has been towed out to sea - again.

The 45-foot-long humpback called Wally was hauled away Wednesday after drifting near Dana Point in Orange County. A Harbor Patrol boat towed it 10 miles out to sea in a 3½-hour operation.

Wally - actually, a female - was first towed after washing up on Dockweiler State Beach in Los Angeles County before the Fourth of July weekend.

The decaying carcass was towed again a week later when it drifted toward San Pedro.

Wally was spotted near Newport Beach on Sunday and was towed out a third time but drifted back on Monday and had to be removed again.

Currents have been pushing the carcass south.

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