FORT BRAGG (CBS SF) — Researchers flocked to the Mendocino coast after a killer whale beached itself and died, giving scientists the chance to study the rare occurrence.
The 25-foot long whale beached itself Saturday north of Fort Bragg, and researchers from around the Bay Area gathered to perform a necropsy.READ MORE: UPDATE: Evacuations Expand As Fawn Fire Near Shasta Lake Grows To 1,200 Acres; Suspected Arsonist Arrested UPDATE: Suspect Arrested for August Attempted Rape in Castro Valley
Pictures provided by Sheila Semans, director of the Noyo Center for Marine Science show fishing lines tangled around the whale’s tail, but that had been ruled out as the cause of death.
Researchers told the Lost Coast Outpost that it’s unlikely a cause will be determined.MORE NEWS: Healdsburg Man Pleads No Contest To 2016 Drowning Of Daughter In Church Baptismal Pool
“It’s rare to have a smoking gun with these things,” marine mammal biologist Jeff Jacobsen told the Outpost.