Dead gray whale washes ashore near San Simeon

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Dead gray whale washes ashore near San Simeon

Published: 1:19 pm Monday, Apr. 23, 2012

By Jerry Copeland

A dead gray whale just over 30 feet long was discovered on the beach south of San Simeon Saturday. By Monday morning, the leviathan was reportedly already fairly decomposed and stinky. It’s on a State Parks beach about 300 yards south of Vista Del Mar, the southernmost street in San Simeon’s motel and residential areas, and approximately a mile north of San Simeon Creek.

By Kathe Tanner and Bert Etling | [email protected]

A dead gray whale just over 30 feet long was discovered on the beach south of San Simeon Saturday.

By this morning, the leviathan was reportedly already fairly decomposed and stinky. It’s on a State Parks beach about 300 yards south of Vista Del Mar, the southernmost street in San Simeon’s motel and residential areas, and approximately a mile north of San Simeon Creek.

The whale appears to be a 2-year-old female, according to Wayne Perryman, leader of the Cetacean Health and Life History Program for Southwest Fisheries Science Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

He said there’s no obvious cause of death, as the marine mammal appears to be of healthy weight, and there’s no sign of being hit by a ship or a recent killer-whale attack.

“There are signs of an entanglement scar on the caudal peduncle, but they look old and partially healed,” Perryman said.

Attacks by killer whales caused the most recent reported beachings of dead whales on the North Coast. A 20-foot gray whale washed ashore south of Cambria in May 2011 and a 23-food gray whale calf ended up north of Cayucos in May 2007…

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