STINSON BEACH – A fin whale estimated to be about a year old died on Stinson Beach this morning, a Marin County park ranger said.
The young whale calf was reported to Marin County Parks around 7 a.m. on the north side of Stinson Beach near Upton Beach, Chief Park Ranger Rob Ruiz said.
It was pronounced dead around 10 a.m., Ruiz said.
The whale, estimated to be about 40 feet long, was found thrashing on its side, Ruiz said.
The Marine Mammal Center’s veterinary team is trying to move the whale away from shore to conduct a necropsy later today or on Tuesday, center spokeswoman Kate Harle said.
Blood was found around the whale’s mouth, Harle said.
It is likely the whale washed up on shore around midnight during high tide, she said.
This is the center’s fourth case involving a beached fin whale since 2010, Harle said.
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