Beached whale found south of San Francisco



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PACIFICA, Calif. (AP) — A beached humpback whale has been discovered on a beach south of San Francisco, marking the second dead whale to wash ashore in the area in two weeks.

The 32-foot female whale is within sight of the carcass of a sperm whale that was discovered dead in mid-April.

Officials say the whale was spotted four or five days ago, floating in the surf. Because it's still in the waves, experts aren't expected to be able to determine a cause of death today.

Biologists were unable to determine the cause of death for the sperm whale that washed ashore last month. They found no broken bones. There was some hemorrhaging in the muscles, but not enough to clearly indicate blunt force trauma.

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