Monday, April 25, 2016

ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: Migratory Patterns And Disaster Precursors - Dead Whale Washes Up Near San Clemente, California?! [VIDEO]

Kelly Slater

April 25, 2016 - CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES - A dead whale washed up Sunday on the cobblestone beach at Lower Trestles, a popular surf spot just south of San Clemente.

Todd Mansur, a boat captain for Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching, said he has seen two dead whales off Orange County's shoreline in recent days.

He said he saw the one that washed up at Trestles as it neared the water line, and the other one is expected to wash up at San Clemente State Beach in the next few days.

Both whales were estimated to be larger than 40 feet.

Mansur said that from what he saw, it was Mother Nature taking its course.

"It looked like nature. There were no marks from ships, no propeller marks, no abrasions, no entanglements," he said.


WATCH: Dead whale washes up on San Clemente beach.




Mansur was heading a whale watching charter and asked passengers how they felt about stopping to see the carcass.

"They were actually interested, kind of scientifically, about it. I really wanted to check it out to see if there was a reason of death," he said.

He inspected it for about 15 minutes.

"It didn't even look like it was a day dead," he said.

Mansur said he has seen great white sharks eating whale carcasses.

And with the number of great whites sticking around Orange County's coastline because of the warm El NiƱo waters, it might be a good idea for surfers to stay clear of the area for a while, he said.

The presence of other predators rises when dead animals are near, he said.

"You should always be worried when an animal of that magnitude is on the coastline," Mansur said. "That element of the unknown can be there."

He also said beachgoers should stay away from whale carcasses, noting it's illegal to take any part of the animal because it is an endangered species.

Surfers were taking to social media to warn others about the whale. State lifeguards were not available to comment, so it was unclear what would be done with the whale carcass.



- The Orange County Register.





 

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