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Dead Juvenile Gray Whale Washes Up on Sonoma Coast

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    Dead Juvenile Gray Whale Washes Up on Sonoma Coast

    The carcass of a 28-foot juvenile gray whale washed up on the Sonoma Coast Friday night or Saturday morning. Jodi Hernandez reports. (Published Monday, May 25, 2015)

    The carcass of a 28-foot juvenile gray whale washed up on the Sonoma Coast Friday night or Saturday morning.

    The whale was discovered ashore on Portuguese Beach as the northern migration for gray whales draws a close, reports the Press Democrat.

    The whale was decomposing and seemed to have been dead for some time, according to California State Parks Ranger Damien Jones.

    The Marine Mammal Center took a tissue sample in an attempt to determine the cause of death, but Jones said it doesn't look like the whale was killed by trauma, like being struck by a ship.

    Dead Gray Whale Washes Ashore in Half Moon Bay

    [BAY] Dead Gray Whale Washes Ashore in Half Moon Bay
    A 40-foot gray whale has washed ashore in Half Moon Bay, one of three dead whales to have been spotted on a Bay Area beach in a little over a month. Marianne Favro reports.
    (Published Tuesday, May 19, 2015)

    The whale will probably remain on Portuguese Beach until the tide carries it back to sea, said Jones. "Generally we leave dead and sick animals where they are and let nature take its course,'' he said.

    May marks the tail end the gray whales' annual trip from Mexico breeding and birthing lagoons to Alaska feed grounds.

    Thousands of whales make the 5,000 mile journey, including newborn calves and their mothers, although some are believed to stay in a more confined area year-round. Several other whales have washed up on Northern California beaches lately.

    Four gray whales have been found dead over the past five weeks. Caracasses of a humpback whale, a sperm whale and an orca whale were also discovered in Pacifica and Half Moon Bay.

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