Thursday, October 22, 2009

2nd Blue Whale Washes Up in California

Yet another blue whale dead from a ship strike. That's two in the past couple of weeks off the California coast. From an Associated Press report on the AOL News website:
SAN FRANCISCO (Oct. 22) - A 70-foot female blue whale that officials believe was struck by a ship has washed ashore on the Northern California coast in what scientists are calling a rare occurrence.
The whale was first spotted on shore near Fort Bragg in Mendocino County on Monday night, hours after an ocean survey vessel reported hitting a whale a few miles away, said Joe Cordaro, a wildlife biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's marine fisheries service.
Blue whales are the world's largest mammals.
Students from California State University, Humboldt, examined the whale's massive body Tuesday as it lay on its side in a rocky cove.
The whale had two gashes on its back — at least one of which was deep enough to cut through the blubber down to the vertebral column, Holmes said. It otherwise appeared to be in good health.
It's unusual for blue whales to wash ashore, Cordaro said. Last week, another blue whale washed up in Monterey County after being hit by a ship.
Before that, the last time a blue whale washed onto a California beach was 2007.
For the Full Report:
Blue Whale Washes Up in California

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