September 23, 2014
DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) - Authorities were investigating the deaths of two whales found in Southern California waters Friday.
A beachgoer in San Diego County spotted the carcass of a 20-foot whale that washed up on a beach in Del Mar, said sheriff's Lt. Jenene Milakovich.
Federal marine scientists took photographs in hopes of identifying the type of whale and determining its cause of death as sheriff's deputies and lifeguards pushed the carcass out to sea.
Further north, a person on a ship discovered a dead 60-foot fin whale in Los Angeles Harbor, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The National Marine Fisheries Service arranged for the carcass to be transported to a pier.
Last month, there were at least two dead whale sightings along the California coast. A 25-foot gray whale calf washed up on an Orange County beach, and a two-ton gray whale drifted to shore in Santa Cruz.
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