SAUSALITO (KRON)—A 35-foot whale was found Monday at a beach in the Point Reyes National Seashore.
A team of 11 scientists from the Marine Mammal Center, California Academy of Sciences, and Point Reyes National Seashore are working to perform a necropsy exam on the carcass.
The exam will help determine what caused the whale’s death.
Scientists say the whale might have been hit by a sharp object like a vessel because it was found with extensive hemorrhaging.
The whale is a Baird’s beaked whale which is a species usually found deep in the ocean.
“Beaked whales are a very interesting family of toothed whales that mostly live off the continental shelf edge, foraging in deep canyons to feed on squid,” says Dr. Padraig Duignan, Chief Pathologist at The Marine Mammal Center. “The opportunity to perform a necropsy on such a unique animal that we rarely have the opportunity to examine will help contribute to our baseline data on the species.”
This is the first Baird’s whale species the Marine Mammal Center has found in its 41-year history.