A federal agency announced plans Thursday for a more intense investigation into what caused the deaths of 30 large whales in the western Gulf of Alaska since May.
The carcass of a 28-foot juvenile gray whale is too decomposed to determine why it became stranded Sunday on Portuguese Beach on the Sonoma Coast, the Marine Mammal Center’s head veterinarian said Tuesday morning.
Another dead whale has washed up on a Bay Area beach, the seventh in just six weeks.
Two whales that turned up dead on a Pacifica beach in recent weeks will be buried there at the request of the city, according to police.
Researchers flocked to the Mendocino coast after a killer whale beached itself and died, giving scientists the chance to study the rare occurrence.
Although no one aboard a fishing vessel that ran aground off the San Mateo County coast early Tuesday morning was injured, the U.S. Coast Guard is keeping a close eye on the boat to ensure it doesn’t leak fuel and pollute the waters.