Dead whale washes up on Seaside beach

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A dead whale washed up at Monterey State Beach in Seaside. The whale was seen floating in the Monterey Bay Sunday afternoon but was found washed up on shore Monday morning near the Seaside State Beach parking lot. According to the Long Marine Lab Stranding Network, it is a 41-foot-long female fin whale. The organization is collecting samples to see if a cause of death can be determined. In the past, when a whale washed up on shore on the Monterey Peninsula, a team was called in to investigate the cause of death and state parks did not remove the carcass but let “nature run its course.”UC Santa Cruz professor, Ari Friedlaender, who specializes in whales, said it appears to have been dead for a number of days now. “It looks like that animal’s been dead for some time, you know, a number of days, maybe a week or so. You can see that the skin, the outer skin is kind of slacked off because it’s been floating around,” he said.Friedlaender explains that the distortion of the whale is from other animals feeding off it. He adds that during these situations, experts will begin sampling to understand not only how it died but also how it lived. “We can look at hormones and stress levels so we can tell if she’s pregnant or what the stress hormone levels were like. We can tell with the diet of the animal may have been like, by doing some chemical analysis there,” he said.

A dead whale washed up at Monterey State Beach in Seaside.

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The whale was seen floating in the Monterey Bay Sunday afternoon but was found washed up on shore Monday morning near the Seaside State Beach parking lot.

According to the Long Marine Lab Stranding Network, it is a 41-foot-long female fin whale. The organization is collecting samples to see if a cause of death can be determined.

In the past, when a whale washed up on shore on the Monterey Peninsula, a team was called in to investigate the cause of death and state parks did not remove the carcass but let “nature run its course.”

UC Santa Cruz professor, Ari Friedlaender, who specializes in whales, said it appears to have been dead for a number of days now.

“It looks like that animal’s been dead for some time, you know, a number of days, maybe a week or so. You can see that the skin, the outer skin is kind of slacked off because it’s been floating around,” he said.

Friedlaender explains that the distortion of the whale is from other animals feeding off it. He adds that during these situations, experts will begin sampling to understand not only how it died but also how it lived.

“We can look at hormones and stress levels so we can tell if she’s pregnant or what the stress hormone levels were like. We can tell with the diet of the animal may have been like, by doing some chemical analysis there,” he said.

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