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Whale Washed Up on Pacifica Death Cause a ‘Mystery’, Scientists Say

Researchers who spent a whole 24 hours in cutting the body of a 48-foot sperm whale which got stranded this week in Pacifica stated that the reason of death for the mammal is unknown, for now.

Cause of death a 'mystery’ for whale found beached in Pacifica Photo Credit: Flickr

Cause of death a ‘mystery’ for whale found beached in Pacifica
Photo Credit: Flickr

“There is no official cause of death,” said the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, which led the necropsy. “It (The cause of death) will remain a mystery.”

The huge mammal got washed up on the shore of Pacifica on Tuesday.

20 experts of whales with 100 knives spent a major part of Wednesday in carrying out the dissection of the mammal on the beach near Mori Point while a large part of the area looked on.

The experts suggest that the whale seemed as if it was emaciated, but they did not find that it died of such similar common causes of death such as old age, shark attack, contact with a vessel or disease for instance.

“There were no broken bones, and while some hemorrhaging was visible in the muscles, it was not enough to indicate blunt-force trauma such as a ship strike,” the scientists said. “The animal is emaciated, but squid beaks were found in the animal’s stomach indicating that it had been eating.”

Keeping in mind the size of the whale and the worn condition of it’s teeth, it is believed to be an adult. Experts and Pacifica officials have not decided whether of bury the carcass, tow it away, or just leave the dead body in its place and let nature do its job through decomposition.

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