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Humpback Whale

A dead humpback whale appears at Pillar Point harbor in Half Moon Bay, May 21, 2014. (carolsuestories.com)

Dead Humpback Whale Floating Off Half Moon Bay

Marine researchers and harbor officials will have to wait and see if a deceased humpback whale that pressed up against the rocky break wall near Pillar Point Harbor on Wednesday washes onshore before determining its age, size, cause of death, or if the carcass is suitable for research or educational use.

05/22/2014

Footage of rescuers saving a humpback whale entangled in a steel rope off the California coast off Santa Barbara. The whale was also spotted off Monterey. (NOAA / MMHSRP)

Rescuers Save Entangled Humpback Whale Off California Coast

Rescuers saved a humpback whale that had been entangled in a crab pot line off the California coast this week. The whale was spotted two weeks ago near Monterey, with a steel rope around its tail and dragging a huge crab trap.

05/16/2014

This Humpback Whale is playing with the ship, surfacing on one side before swimming underneath to the other side. These whales can grow up to about 52 feet long and weigh up to almost 80,000 pounds. They're found in oceans all over the world, including the Southern Ocean near Antarctica. (Photo Credit: Jordan Spielman)

Blue Whales, Humpbacks Begin Feedings Season Near Farallon Islands

Boaters are being warned that humpback and blue whales are starting to appear in the waters outside San Francisco and have been sighted in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.

06/06/2012