- Associated Press - Friday, January 9, 2015

MARIN, Calif. (AP) - The Marin County Sheriff Office says a small whale washed up on a Northern California beach on Thursday.

KRON-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1x1lF7O) callers first reported to authorities Thursday afternoon that a whale had beached itself near Abbotts Lagoon in the Point Reyes National Seashore.

Yvette Koth of the Marine Mammal Center says the area is remote and not safely accessible after dark. She says the center plans to retrieve the whale Friday morning.

She says the whale is believed to be a pygmy sperm whale and is between 5 and 6 feet long.

Video images of the whale appear to show the bloodied animal breathing but Koth said the animal’s status is unknown.

This is peak season for whale migration, with sightings of between 40 and 60 whales per day.

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Information from: KRON-TV, https://kron4.com/

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