Dead whale washes up at SLO County beach

The Tribune, San Luis ObispoJuly 2, 2014 

A dead juvenile humpback whale washed ashore at Montana de Oro near San Luis Obispo.

VERA VON RAUNER — Special to The Tribune, San Luis Obispo

A dead 35-foot-long humpback whale has washed up on a beach at Montaña de Oro State Park.

The whale washed up on a beach just north of Hazard Reef late Friday morning. Based on its size, the animal was probably a juvenile, said Vince Cicero, senior environmental scientist with the State Parks Department.

Scientists with the National Marine Fisheries Service and the Marine Mammal Center examined the whale over the weekend and determined that it was too decomposed to do a necropsy.

"It had probably been dead a while before it washed ashore," Cicero said.

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