Beached Whale dies in Northern California

Jan 9, 2015 8:33 PM

POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE, Calif. (AP) - A small pygmy sperm whale that washed up on a Northern California beach has died.

Callers first reported to authorities Thursday that a whale had beached itself near Abbotts Lagoon in the Point Reyes National Seashore. Experts found the dead animal Friday when they reached the remote area.

Marina Mammal Center veterinarian Cara Field tells the San Francisco Chronicle ( ) a preliminary review shows the whale was sick and too weak to swim. It didn't have obvious signs of trauma.

A team of marine mammal experts transported the whale to facilities in the San Francisco Bay Area, where the whale will be examined to determine a cause of death.

With the one found Thursday, the Marine Mammal Center has responded to seven stranded pygmy sperm whales since 1987. None of them survived.


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