A dead gray whale cleaned ashore on a San Francisco beach Monday early morning– the ninth such death in the Bay Area this year, researchers at the Marine Mammal Center stated.
A necropsy will be carried out on the whale Tuesday, the Marine Mammal Center stated.
Blunt force injury from ships, poor nutrition and entanglements are the most typical causes of death in whales, the center stated. Necropsies have actually validated the reason for 7 of the previous 8 whale deaths this year. 3 whales passed away from ship strikes and 4 from poor nutrition. The cause of death of the 8th whale has actually not been identified.
” It is important for researchers to carry out extensive necropsies to much better comprehend why animals are passing away,” the center stated in a press release.
” Whales and other marine mammals deal with many human-caused dangers and options need to be discovered to safeguard susceptible and healthy types alike,” the center stated.
Reports of whales in ‘bad body condition’
Today, there are about 26,000 gray whales, discovered just in the Pacific Ocean, according to them. There are more gray whales around the San Francisco location than typical this time of year, as they move north.
The center states biologists have actually observed gray whales “in bad body condition” this year, potentially “due to anomalous oceanic conditions” which have actually added to “moving food sources.”
The 90,000- pound animals were as soon as on the edge of termination.
In the late 1800 and once again in the early 1900 s, the gray whale population dropped to less than 2,000 after they had actually been hunted by people.
In 1946, a global arrangement to stop searching them assisted put their numbers back on track and in 1994 they were removed the Endangered Species List.