Children watch the carcass of a dead humpback whale rolling in the surf Saturday in Cayucos.
Children watch the carcass of a dead humpback whale rolling in the surf Saturday in Cayucos. (Danna Dykstra-Coy photo / dannajoyimages.com)

A dead humpback whale washed up in the surf south of Cayucos on Saturday, drawing the interest of beachgoers who gathered to get a look at the carcass from the sand nearby.

San Luis Obispo State Parks Coastal District Superintendent Dan Falat said his agency was aware of the situation and was monitoring the carcass with the help of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The carcass, which was rolling in shallow water with the surf, was located along Montecito Beach, near Old Creek Road.

Observers said it appeared the carcass had been mauled, with large chunks bitten out, possibly the result of an orca attack.

Because the whale carcass was still in the water, Falat said officials were unsure what they might do about it.

“We haven’t made a determination yet until we know where it lands and ultimately what happens,” he said.

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The body of a humpback whale rests in the surf off Montecito Beach near Cayucos after it washed ashore on Saturday.

The body of a humpback whale rests in the surf off Montecito Beach near Cayucos after it washed ashore on Saturday. (Danna Dykstra-Coy photo / dannajoyimages.com)