Re: Blue whale carcass washes up on beach near Ventura

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Posted by on September 14, 2007 at 12:31:43:

In Reply to: Blue whale carcass washes up on beach near Ventura posted by on September 14, 2007 at 12:28:08:

A 70-foot long dead Blue whale washed up on Hobson Beach county park on Thursday and remained today as biologists try to determine what killed the animal.

The whale had been floating dead in the Santa Barbara Channel for the past three to four days, according to officials at Santa Barbara Natural History Museum. Members from the museum and the The Marine Mammal Center performed a necropsy, a post-mortem exam and dissection of the animal. A cause of death, if it can be determined, will not be known immediately.

On Thursday night, the whale was buffeted by waves as it lay in the surf not far from campsites. Late Thursday night, young campers were shining flashlights on the animal.

Officials took the opportunity to remind the public about the Marine Mammal Protection Act which requires:

-- The public stay 100 yards away from the stranded/beached marine mammal.

-- Do not to interfere with local authorities’ ability to respond.

-- It is a federal offense to collect, possess or obtain marine mammal parts without a federal authorization.

The park is north of Faria County Beach.

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