- Associated Press - Thursday, July 31, 2014

PORT HUENEME, Calif. (AP) - Scientists will try to determine what killed a 40-foot whale that floated into the port at the Port Hueneme naval base.

Kimberly Gearhart, a public affairs officer with the base, says the whale appeared to have been dead for some time and may have been struck by a ship.

Officials believe the animal is a finback whale. When fully grown, finbacks can reach nearly 90 feet in length, making them the second-longest animal in the world. The species is listed as endangered.

The Ventura County Star reports (https://bit.ly/1zxYJRu ) biologists from the National Marine Fisheries Service arrived Wednesday to assess the situation.

The carcass has been secured to a wharf. After scientists take tissue samples it will be towed out to sea.


Information from: Ventura County Star, https://venturacountystar.com

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