40-Foot Whale Washes Up on Malibu Beach

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Courtesy: Malibu Patch

MALIBU, Calif. (KTLA) — A dead 40-foot fin whale washed up between Paradise Cove and Point Dume in Malibu on Monday — possibly the victim of a boat strike.

The male whale, which was a young adult, was found around 11 a.m., according to the California Wildlife Center.

Marine experts at the Wildlife Center performed a necropsy on Tuesday. Among the whale’s injuries were a gash to its back and vertebrae damage.

Officials had planned to tow the carcass out to sea at high tide around 1 p.m. Wednesday, but the window of opportunity passed.

The next two high tides were expected at 3:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Thursday.

State Fish and Game officials are helping the Wildlife Center coordinate the effort, which may require a tug boat.

Fin whales, the second largest behind blue whales, can grow to be about 85 feet. It’s estimated that about 2,300 live off the coast of California.

They are baleen whales, meaning they use sieve-like structures in their mouths to filter food from the water.

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