HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) — Scientists will try to determine what killed a young humpback whale that washed up on the San Mateo County coast.
KGO-TV reports the whale was spotted floating on its back in Half Moon Bay Wednesday afternoon and it eventually drifted onto rocks on the beach near an RV park.
A large crowd gathered to check out the giant mammal, estimated to be about 30 feet long.
The California Academy of Sciences says it will examine the whale Thursday and eventually do a necropsy to find out how it died.
The Pillar Point Harbor master says it will dispose of the carcass, probably by towing it out to sea.
Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are studying tissue samples from a 50-foot fin whale that washed up onto a San Diego County beach on Monday.
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