The remains of gray whale were found at Point Reyes National Seashore.

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Grey Whale Death Toll Rises After Another Washes Ashore

Jeffrey Schaub
May 23, 2019 - 7:27 pm

POINT REYES — A dead gray whale was spotted rolling in the waves at Limantour Beach at the Point Reyes National Seashore, making it the 13th whale to die in the Bay Area since January. These remains, likely those of a calf, were the second discovered at Point Reyes in 2019. 

"It is sad to see. I understand there have been many whales that have washed up in the area," said Jennifer Stock with the Point Reyes National Seashore. "It's very interesting to understand the larger cause, and I'm really glad that we have partners like the Marine Mammal Center and the California Academy that can gather all of the science and data so that we can better understand all of the trends overall of what's happening with these animals."

The Marine Mammal Center will likely send a team out Friday, or this weekend to examine the whale.

"It's really unfortunate because this whale should be enjoying its life with its mother," said Sky Miller, who was at Limantour Beach. "It looks to be a baby whale and it's just heartbreaking."

Of the 10 whales that received necropsies, it was determined that two died from being hit by a ship and six from malnutrition. The other two causes of death could not be definitively determined.