Whale Washed out On Little Dume Beach, Malibu

by ritasimpson on December 4, 2012

in Community Information

A 40-foot dead Fin whale, possibly the victim of a boat strike, washed up on Little Dume Monday.

The male, which was a young adult, was found about 11 a.m. Monday, according to Jeff Hall of the California Wildlife Center.

The whale was likely killed in the past few days and is mostly intact, with a large bump on its back.

“It could be gas or it could be swollen from being hit by something,” said Cindy Reyes, executive director at theĀ California Wildlife Center. The exact cause of death will not be determined until a necropsy is performed, she said.

Reyes said that a necropsy could take place as early as Tuesday if researches from Santa Barbara Natural History Museum decide to come down. The California Wildlife Center has the ability to perform the necropsy, but larger organizations often have more resources, she said.

“This is much bigger than just us because so little is known about these animals,” Reyes said. “It’s nice when a bunch of different agencies work together.”

Dave Janiger, a curatorial assistant at theĀ Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, came down to take samples of parasites from the whale and help take measurements.

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