In a series of dead whales washing up ashore in the past five weeks, another dead whale has washed up on the Portuguese beach north of San Francisco in Sonoma county, California. This is the 7th whale carcass that has emerged this year, measuring 28 feet long.
The cause of the death is not yet known, and park officials stated that the whale has been dead for quite a while as it was decomposing when it was discovered. California State Parks Ranger Damien Jones stated that the whale carcass did not show any signs of being hit by a ship. The Marine Mammal Centre is investigating the tissue sample of the whale, to ascertain the cause of the death.
“Generally, we leave dead and sick animals where they are and let nature take its course,” said Jones.
Jones added that they were planning to leave the carcass waiting for the tide to take it back to the ocean. Earlier his week, another dead gray whale, measuring about 30 feet was found in Half Moon Bay near Kelly Beach. The gray whales head north after breeding, and their migration period ends in May. In the recent months, there has been many instances of dead whales washing up ashore. A dead killer whale was discovered near Fort Bragg in Mendocino County on April 18.
On April 24, two gray whale carcasses were found on Santa Cruz County beach, and a 40-foot gray was discovered in Waddell Beach. A young 23-foot dead whale found at Pajaro Dunes was found with teeth marks from a killer whale. The mammal did not have its tongue and jaw, and had died from an attack from ocra. Newborn whales travel with adults while the younger ones stay in a confined area for the whole year.