Endangered Fin Whale Washes Up on Shore, Likely Killed by Blunt Force Trauma Due to Ship Traffic

Endangered Fin Whale Washes Up on Shore, Likely Killed by Blunt Force Trauma Due to Ship Traffic


On Friday, the U.S. Coast Guard spotted a whale carcass in the water a few miles from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

The whale washed ashore Friday night at Fort Funston, and on Saturday a necropsy was performed by The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, that suggested — based on bruising and hemorrhaging around the neck vertebrae — that the whale died from being hit by a ship.

The creature was identified as a fin whale, which is an endangered species and the second-largest species of whale. It was a 46-foot-long young male in average condition and had a stomach full of food (krill) at the time of its death.

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“By investigating deaths like this, we can learn more about how human activity and changing environmental trends are impacting large whales,” Barbie Halaska, the Necropsy Manager for The Marine Mammal Center, said, according to KPIX-TV.

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