Dead Whale Discovered in Port of Long Beach Shipping Channel

A whale carcass found floating near the Port of Long Beach was left tied to a dock Thursday morning as officials determined what to do with it.

A dead whale is seen after it was tied to a pier at the Port of Long Beach on Dec. 28, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

A dead whale is seen after it was tied to a pier at the Port of Long Beach on Dec. 28, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

The carcass was discovered about 6 p.m. Wednesday night by the U.S. Coast Guard.

The whale's carcass, which appeared to be about 20 feet long, was tied up for safety reasons and could be seen floating near Pier T Birth 40.

It was unclear if the whale died from a boat strike, natural causes or some other reason.

Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will be investigating the whale’s death and determine what should be done with its carcass, Coast Guard Petty Officer Devonte Marrow said.

Officials have yet to identify what type of whale had died.