Dead humpback whale on Platforms beach in Aptos.

Dead humpback whale on Platforms beach in Aptos.
A dead humpback whale roughly 36 feet long drifted Thursday afternoon onto Platforms Beach in Aptos. Gabriel McKenna, public safety superintendent for California State Parks said they don't have a cause of death.

"State Parks is evaluating expedient ways of removing the dead whale from the beach," he said. "We are working in conjunction with Long Marine Lab and NOAA."

State Parks advised the public to stay away from the whale and view from afar to ensure safety.

On Tuesday, the whale remained at the beach. McKenna confirmed that they are monitoring the weather and tides to determine when they can safely tow the whale back out to sea, likely later this week.