10 dead gray whales have washed up in the San Francisco Bay area since March.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that authorities are still trying to figure out whether they can reach the whale to determine how it died.
Out of the nine other whales examined, one was too decomposed to determine the cause of death, four died from malnutrition, and the other four were fatally struck by ships.
The Marine Mammal Center posted a statement saying there has been an increase in the number of gray whales being seen in the San Francisco Bay area, but ocean conditions and food sources have been affected by climate change.
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10 dead whales have washed up on California’s Bay Area shores since March. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the tenth whale carcass was found near Linda Mar Beach in Pacifica on Tuesday morning.
According to the Chronicle, Giancarlo Rulli, the spokesperson for The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, said authorities were still trying to figure out whether they could reach the whale and perform a necropsy to see how it died.
“The whale needs to dislodge at high tide, or if the low tide goes out far enough, they could try to do a preliminary look at the animal,” he said.
Just a few days ago, the ninth whale to wash up dead was found on the same beach. Experiments found that one whale was too decomposed to determine the cause of death, four died from malnutrition, and the other four were fatally struck by ships.
A dead gray whale washed up early Monday morning at Ocean Beach in San Francisco to become the ninth whale to turn up dead in the Bay Area in the last two months.
Source:: Business Insider