According to experts, the blue whale of 79-foot washed on the land at a Northern California Beach was a result of a collision with a ship. The female blue whale was seen off Agate Beach in Bolinas on Friday, May 26; the beach is cited at about 13 miles North of San Francisco.
After careful examination, experts came up with the idea the dead blue whale suffered an apparent blunt-force serious injury on the left part of its body. The scientist and experts collected the blood sample as well tissue of the whale at the California Academy of Sciences and the Marine Mammal Center.
From the time the carcass endangered species were discovered, scientists and experts from the marine sanctuaries have been on the search for hot spots of blue whales and humpbacks at the San Francisco and Marin. They advocate and encourage coast guards and ships that operate in the whale locations to avoid such death again.
In a bid to know more, so many people gathered on Agate Beach to see the dead blue whale. Although the whale oozed bad odour, some people still felt emotional, and scientists wondered what could have happened during the whale’s last moments.
Result from physical examination
After conducting an in-depth physical examination, the experts came up with the product that the whale suffered from ten broken ribs as well ten fractured vertebrae. However, the body of the whale is intact, and scientists said that such is a rare scenario. Consequently, the carcass will help them research and know more about the marine animals. Marine Mammal Center’s research assistant, Barbie Halaska said that the opportunities to analyse and examine blue whales are rare because they are endangered.
Other cases of blue whales washed ashore
In October 2016, a male blue whale of 65-foot was spotted at Thornton State Beach in Daly City. Just like the 79-foot female blue whale washed ashore, the 65-foot male blue whale also sustained serious blunt force injuries. Then again, it was found to have fractured skull and severe bruises along the vertebrate column area.
The case of the female blue whale marks the seventh case of washing ashore of blue whales in the past 40 years along the Central and Northern California coast.
Why the blue whale species are referred to as endangered species
Often, the blue whales are faced with the habitat loss challenge. Then again, they are also affected by climate change and some other environmental factors. Likewise, the blue whale species are vulnerable to collision with ships, entanglements by fishing gears and other factors that place their lives on death risks.
The female blue whale involved in the most recent case of the washed ashore will be allowed to decompose right at the beach, there, birds will also feed on it. Due to the reef along the beach, the 79-foot female blue whale cannot be pulled out to the sea.