SANTA CRUZ (CBS SF) – A gray whale washed up on the beach in Santa Cruz on Wednesday, according to officials.
The Santa Cruz Fire Department posted pictures of the dead sea mammal on their Facebook page.READ MORE: Former California Senator Barbara Boxer Assaulted, Robbed In Oakland's Jack London District
“Sadly a as gray whale washed up against the rocks along West Cliff.”READ MORE: New Wildfire Burning In Tulare County In Sequoia National Forest
One beachgoer tweeted it appeared to be a 23-foot long juvenile.
Officials said crews were attempting to move the whale away from the beach with the assistance of Santa Cruz lifeguards.MORE NEWS: East Bay Area Residents Among 4 Killed In Horrific Minnesota Accident
It is not clear what caused the whale to die.