- The Washington Times - Friday, April 10, 2009

DEL MAR, CALIF. (AP) - Authorities say they are investigating the deaths of two whales found in Southern California waters.

San Diego County sheriff’s Lt. Jenene Milakovich says a beachgoer spotted a carcass of a 20-foot whale on a beach in Del Mar on Friday.

Federal marine scientists took photographs in hopes of identifying the type of whale and determining its cause of death as sheriff’s deputies and lifeguards pushed the carcass out to sea.

The U.S. Coast Guard reports that a person on a ship discovered a dead 60-foot fin whale Friday in Los Angeles Harbor. The National Marine Fisheries Service arranged for the carcass to be transported to a pier.

There were at least two dead whale sightings last month along the California coast.

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