Fin Whale stranding on Saturday 4/24/21 at Fort Funston likely due to ship strike. 5th Whale to strand in 3 weeks!
On Saturday, April 24th, the San Fransico bay had it's fifth whale stranding in 3 weeks. Our team, alongside The Marine Mammal Center, and California Academy of Sciences, identified a 46-foot juvenile male fin whale that washed ashore on Fort Funston beach. During the necropsy, we detemined the potential cause of death to be a vessel strike because we saw bruising and hemorrhaging to the muscle around the whale's neck vertebrae.