Friday, March 25, 2016

ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: Migratory Patterns And Disaster Precursors - Dead Gray Whale Washes Ashore At Salishan, Oregon; And Dead Gray Whale Found At Torrey Pines State Beach, California?!

Dead Gray Whale. © Cassie Ruud
March 25, 2016 - EARTH - The following constitutes the latest reports of unusual and symbolic animal behavior, mass die-offs, beaching and stranding of mammals, and the appearance of rare creatures.

Dead gray whale washes ashore at Salishan, Oregon

A juvenile Gray Whale washed ashore at the Salishan private residences early Wednesday morning, March 23.

The whale was in the process of dying when it washed ashore and is now dead.

Scientists from the Oregon State University Marine Biology department took samples from the whale and will be analyzing it on Thursday.

If you come across an injured sea creature on the beach, do not approach it, instead contact the Oregon Coast Aquarium at( 541) 867-3474 or contact local authorities. - The News Guard.

Dead gray whale found at Torrey Pines State Beach, California

A gray whale washed ashore at Torey Pines State Beach Thursday morning.  © Darren Smith
A 28-foot dead gray whale likely hit by a ship washed ashore at Torrey Pines State Beach on Thursday morning, officials said.

The female appears to have been about 2 years old based on her length, said Kerri Danil, a biologist at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in San Diego. Gray whales grow to about 45 feet long.

A stranding response team found propeller marks on the dead animal, but it was unknown whether she was hit by a vessel before or after she died, Danil said, adding that tests would try to determine that.

The carcass was discovered somewhere between the parking lot along Torrey Pines Road and the beach trail, said Darren Smith, California State Parks environmental scientist and supervisor. He did not know who found the whale or what time.

The washed up animal was moved with a forklift to higher ground near the Torrey Pines State Park entrance, and would be taken to a local landfill Friday morning.

The stranding response team collected samples that will allow them to study the genetics, hormones, contaminants and biotoxins of the whale, Danil said.

She said the San Diego Natural History Museum hopes to collect the entire skeleton Friday for its collection.

Earlier this month, a dead humpback whale washed ashore at Silver Strand State Beach in Coronado. - The San Diego Union-Tribune.

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