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A beached humpback whale was discovered south of San Francisco, marking the second dead whale to wash ashore in less than three weeks.
The 32-foot female whale is within sight of the carcass of a sperm whale that was discovered dead in mid-April. This is the third dead whale found in the San Francisco Bay Area this year.
Marine Mammal Center spokeswoman Laura Sherr said Sue Pemberton from the California Academy of Sciences is at the beach to assess whether they would be able to examine the animal. Sherr says the carcass is in the waves so it is unlikely that a team would be able to safely perform a necropsy Tuesday.
Officials say the whale was spotted four or five days ago floating in the surf.
Last month, a 50-foot sperm whale washed ashore at Mori Point on the south end of Sharp Park State Beach in Pacifica.
originally posted by: scojak
a reply to: Vasa Croe
I don't think it's common, but it's certainly not unheard of. With there having only been two (so far), it's much more likely just a coincidence. If it happens to a couple more, though, I think we should definitely start digging for info.
originally posted by: ketsuko
I'd watch for more and other unusual animal activity. There has been some seismic activity in the area.