Ship may have hit whale found washed up near San Francisco

May 6, 2015 4:22 PM by News Staff

PACIFICA, Calif. (AP) - Scientists say a ship may have hit and killed a young humpback whale that washed up at a San Francisco Bay Area beach earlier this week.

KNTV reports Wednesday that Marine Mammal Center spokeswoman Laura Sherr says the female whale had four fractured vertebrae and other injuries that led scientists to their conclusion.

Scientists from the mammal center, the California of Academy of Sciences and the University of California at Davis examined the whale.

The 32-foot female whale was discovered south of San Francisco on Monday, marking the second dead whale to wash ashore in Pacifica since mid-April.

It was within sight of the carcass of a 50-foot sperm whale that was discovered dead last month.


Information from: KNTV-TV.

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