- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) - A dead whale has washed up at a Sonoma County beach, but the cause of death has not yet been determined.

The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office says the dead whale was spotted at Salmon Creek Beach by crews aboard one of their helicopters on Monday afternoon.

The type of whale remained uncertain Tuesday morning.

KCBS reports (https://cbsloc.al/25aEcFO ) that in February 2014, a young gray whale washed up dead just north of Salmon Creek Beach. Last May, a young gray washed up dead on nearby Portuguese Beach.

Last month, a 7,000 pound, 40-foot-long gray whale washed ashore dead at San Onofre State Beach in Southern California, leading to putrid smells, the station reported.

Dead whales have also washed up on beaches south of San Francisco over the past year.

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Information from: KCBS-AM.


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