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Los Angeles Times: First Dead Whale of 2023 Washes Up on California Beach

April 3, 2023
  • Species conservation
  • Pathology

First dead gray whale of 2023 washes up on California beach; scientists concerned about trend

Published in the Los Angeles Times: April 3, 2023

A 35-foot gray whale washed up on the shore of a Bay Area beach late last month — the first such fatality in the region this year — adding to the concern scientists have over the health of the species.

The whale likely died of injuries after crashing into a boat, according to scientists with The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, Calif., who conducted a necropsy last month.

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