Info: Dead Humpback Stranded

Michael Williamson (whe_william@flo.org)
Mon, 7 Mar 1995 11:18:26

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Dead Whale
 
  LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A dead 25-foot humpback whale that washed
onto Venice Beach was apparently struck by a ship's propeller,
biologists said Monday.
   The carcass washed ashore Sunday, said biologist Tom Lewis, a
member of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County's whale
team.
   It was the first time a humpback, an endangered species, was
found on a Southern California beach in more than a decade.
   "We think the propeller killed it," Lewis said.
   The whale's tail was missing and its body badly gashed. It had
probably been hit five or six days before it washed ashore, Lewis
said.
   Biologists hauled the carcass to the museum's whale warehouse
aboard a flatbed truck, spokesman Brett R. Henry said.
   Researchers planned to collect tissue samples for DNA studies,
blubber for analysis of manmade contaminants, and the skull.
   Humpbacks are now in their winter breeding grounds off the tip
of Baja California.