Two dead gray whales found on San Clemente Coast
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 26 April, 2016 - Lower Trestles, home to the WSL World Tour event and training ground for many of Southern California’s best surfers has a huge, dead whale in the lineup and another one floating offshore.
Surfers took to social media to warn each other to stay away from Lowers for fear of sharks. Southern California has documented more juvenile great white sharks in the area than usual this year.
The 40-foot gray whale reportedly washed ashore a day ago. While officials have collected samples to determine the cause of death, a boat captain who examined the carcass offshore said there appeared to be no wounds or obvious trauma from a collision with ship traffic.
Federal officials today collected samples from the beached whale to determine the cause of death, but investigators have not seen any signs that the marine mammal was the victim of a collision with a vessel or got tangled up in any nets.
The beaching was not considered unusual, Justin Viezbicke of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration told The Patch.
"The reality is when you've got 20,000-plus gray whales swimming by our backyard, there will be some that come ashore," he said. "This is not something we're viewing as abnormal at this point."
There are no official plans on what to do with the whale, either carry it out to sea or bury it, but social media has had a field day calling for creative disposal in the forms of eating the dead whale and blowing it up.