Dead dolphin found at Cardiff by the Sea, San Diego

decapitated, decomposing dolphin in cardiff, san diego
I was walking on the beach today in Cardiff by the Sea and discovered a dead dolphin lying in the sand. It looked like it had been there for some time and had several holes in it where innards were spilling out and bubbling from bacteria generating gas. The strange thing was that the poor cetacean's head was missing (!). The cut was clean and was not jagged in the way it might be if a large animal had bitten it off. I wonder who would cut the head off of a dolphin??

I called Scripps Institute of Oceanography and the local Sheriff's station. Hopefully, one of them will haul it away...

There are some photos here in this entry; don't look at them if you can't handle photos of dead things.

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