So many gray whales are dying off the U.S. West Coast that scientists and volunteers dealing with the carcasses are asking coastal residents to offer their private beaches as a resting place. The number of dead whales washing ashore in Washington state alone is so high, authorities are now scrambling to find remote stretches of sand that are privately owned, with proprietors who don't mind hosting a rotting creature that's bigger than a school bus and has a stench to match its size.