Third blue whale found dead in California

September 23, 2007

Sharks gnawed at its carcass Saturday as the third blue whale to die off California in two weeks was towed to a beach for examination.

Two 30-foot tow boats, looking like dinghies next to the whale, wrapped a sling around its tail Friday to haul it to a beach at Point Magu. The dead whale was found hours earlier floating in the Santa Barbara Channel, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Scientists said they hoped a necropsy would shed light on why three of the endangered blue whales have been found dead in the Channel when there used to be reports of maybe one a year, the Times reported.

A blue whale that washed ashore in Ventura County last week and one found dead in Long Beach Harbor two weeks ago showed signs of having been hit by ships, but it isn't known if the whales were ill or disoriented when the collisions occurred.

The blue whale is the largest animal on earth.

Copyright 2007 by United Press International

Explore further: Melting glaciers feed Antarctic food chain

Related Stories

Melting glaciers feed Antarctic food chain

August 11, 2015

Nutrient-rich water from melting Antarctic glaciers nourishes the ocean food chain, creating feeding "hot spots" in large gaps in the sea ice, according to a new study.

90 percent of Earth's species are overlooked in conservation

August 26, 2014

One of the biggest problems for conservation today is that it ignores 95% of all known species on Earth. Could a company ignored that proportion of its clients or a government so many of its voters? So why does this problem ...

Recommended for you

The topolariton, a new half-matter, half-light particle

October 7, 2015

A new type of "quasiparticle" theorized by Caltech's Gil Refael, a professor of theoretical physics and condensed matter theory, could help improve the efficiency of a wide range of photonic devices—technologies, such as ...

Research reveals new clues about how humans become tool users

October 7, 2015

New research from the University of Georgia department of psychology gives researchers a unique glimpse at how humans develop an ability to use tools in childhood while nonhuman primates—such as capuchin monkeys and chimpanzees—remain ...


Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.