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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. 

 Rare Fin Whale Likely Killed By Ship Strike; Fifth Whale Carcass To Wash Ashore In Less Than A Month


Read more about the fin whale stranding here.