The body of a gray whale was washed ashore on a Portuguese beach in Sonoma County. This is the seventh dead body of a whale to be found ashore in the Bay Area of California. The newest dead whale found, measures only 28 feet long, meaning that the whale had not yet reached adulthood. The cause of its death is still unknown.
The last month of spring signifies the end of the migration period for the grey whales who come to Mexico, the place where they breed, from the north and scientists reckon that these mammals travel for about 5,000 miles to be able to mate in the Mexico Bay.
However, for the California Bay, May has been just a month in which the locals have found many dead whales bodies on the beach. Just last week, another body of a gray whale was found in Half Moon Bay and state officials have said that the whale measured nearly 30 feet long.
At first, the authorities believed that the tide will clear the whales from the beach, but this has not happened and because of the growing heat, the smell of decomposing bodies has started to become a nuisance for the residents of the area, therefore it was decided that whales will be burried.
On April 14, a 48 foot sperm whale was found dead on the beach of Mori Point and just a few weeks later, on May 4, another dead whale was washed ashore in Pacifica. Researchers are pretty much convinced of the fact, that the two deaths are not related, but they are still taken aback as to what caused the two whales to die on the same beach one after the other.
However, the most bizarre whale death that took place recently, was that of the 25 foot long killer whale, found in Fort Bragg and researchers are puzzled by what caused the animal to become stranded on the beach.
April 24 was also a very bad day for whales in the California Bay area, as two gray whales were found dead, one on the beach of Santa Cruz, the other on Waddell Beach.
The first whale, which was found on Santa Cruz beach, measured 40 feet and scientists concluded that it must have been dead for days before being washed ashore. The second whale measured 23 feet and it had marks of an orca attack which ultimately resulted into the demise of the gray whale.
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