- Associated Press - Thursday, October 27, 2016

DALY CITY, California (AP) - Veterinarians will examine the carcass of a large male blue whale that washed ashore in Northern California.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/2eepfe1 ) that the vets will visit Daly City’s Thornton State Beach on Thursday to conduct a necropsy, collect tissues and bones and try to determine what killed the animal.

The veterinarians work with the Marine Mammal Center and the California Academy of Sciences.

Giancarlo Rulli, a spokesman for the mammal center, says visible genitalia made the whale’s sex clear.

He says this is the seventh blue whale carcass beached along the central and northern California coast in the last 40 years.

Blue whales are the largest animals in the world. They can grow longer than the length of a basketball court and weigh more than 15 school buses.


Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, https://www.sfgate.com

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