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: Rare blue whale found dead on New Zealand beach

Related Stories

Recommended for you

Scientists use CRISPR technology to edit crop genes

November 30, 2015

CRISPR gene-editing is allowing rapid scientific advances in many fields, including human health and now it has been shown that crop research can also benefit from this latest exciting technology.


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.