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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Today in Whales

Posted By on Tue, May 19, 2015 at 3:38 PM

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Whales are beautiful and majestic creatures, but the local whale news is all tragedy all the time. 

Earlier today, the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department and the City of Pacific began the process of burying the two dead whales that washed up on the beach in Pacifica earlier this month. According to the SF Chronicle, the decision to bury the massive animals was made because their decomposing bodies smelled very very bad. 

Now the Chronicle is reporting that another dead whale—this time a 30-foot gray whale—has washed up on the beach at Half Moon Bay. According to the Chron, scientists are on their way to the scene and hope to perform a necropsy to determine the cause of death. 

If all this terrible whale news is too much for you, I very much recommend listening to this episode of Radiolab, about a whale in trouble that gets rescued. It might cheer you up a little. 

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Julia Carrie Wong

Julia Carrie Wong's work has appeared in numerous local and national titles including 48hills, Salon, In These Times, The Nation, and The New Yorker.


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