Humpback whale beaches at Montana de Oro
July 2, 2014
The carcass of a 35-foot humpback whale is lying on the beach at Montan de Oro State Park. [KEYT]
The whale beached on Friday and has been lying there since. Scientists performed a necropsy and determined that the whale has been dead for days.
Its body is so decomposed that it is unclear how it died. The whale was in its teenage years at its death.
Scientists say there is nothing they can do with the humpback carcass now but leave it on the beach. The whale will become food for the birds or may wash back into the ocean.