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40-Foot Whale Carcass Examined After Washing Into Port Hueneme

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Scientists were performing a necropsy Thursday on the carcass of a 40-foot whale that floated into Port Hueneme this week after possibly being struck by a ship.

The whale carcass, possibly that of a fin whale, was discovered in Ventura July 29, 2014. (Credit: Cmdr. Terry Dermody, Naval Base Ventura) County/RELEASED)

The whale carcass, possibly that of a fin whale, was discovered in Ventura July 29, 2014. (Credit: Cmdr. Terry Dermody, Naval Base Ventura) County/RELEASED)

The whale, which appeared to have been dead for a while, was discovered Tuesday near a military ship at Naval Base Ventura County, said base spokeswoman Kimberly Gearhart.

“It doesn’t happen every day,” she said. “It’s a ‘smell it before you see it’ sort of thing.”

Soon after authorities spotted the whale, scientists with the National Marine Fisheries Service were called in to inspect the carcass, take tissue samples and determine a cause of death.

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