Another Whale Dies on California’s Beach taking the Count to 7th in this Year Alone. Scientists are Baffled
A 28-foot gray whale washed up in Sonoma County’s Portuguese beach in the weekend, taking the toll of dead whales turning up on the shores to 7, in the last couple of months.
According to initial reports, the cause of death of the whale is yet to be ascertained while experts believe that the animal has been dead for quite some time, as the carcass was already decomposing when it was discovered by locals. The carcass did not have any visible signs of injuries which are used by trauma, such as being hit by a vessel, according to Damien Jones, a ranger from the Californian State Parks. The whale was not even fully grown and the mystery around dead whales washing up on the beaches of California thickens. A tissue sample from the dead whale has been sent to the Marine Mammal Center to find out what killed the animal.
The beaches of Northern California have been the hotbed for dead whales washing up on their shores in last couple of months. A deceased 42-foot humpback was discovered by locals on May 4 in the Pacifica. In the previous month, the decomposing remains of a 48-foot sperm whale was also found in the same locality. On April 24, two gray whale carcasses were found on the Santa Cruz County Beach. A 23-foot yearling was found at Pajaro Dunes and was missing its tongue and jaw along with marks of killer whale teeth marks. The other one was a 40-foot adult gray whale which was found on Waddell Beach and had no visible signs of injury at all.
A 25-foot killer whale also washed ashore on April 18, north of Fort Bragg. Scientists flocked to the scene to document and investigate such a rare incident. However experts were eventually left baffled since the cause of death could not be found till date.
The month of May is usually when the gray whales starts their 5,000 mile journey from their birthing lagoons in Mexico back to natural habitat in Alaska.