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Why do dead whales keep washing up in San Francisco?

<p>A recent spate of deaths in the region has caused concern, but scientists say it may not be a sign of catastrophe</p><p>The 45ft carcass lay belly-up in the surf at Fort Funston beach, just south of San Francisco, drawing a small crowd of hikers and hang gliders. The stench lingered on the evening breeze as seabirds circled the animal, a juvenile fin whale.</p><p>The whale was the fifth to wash ashore in the area this month. The other four were gray whales – giant cetaceans who migrate an astounding 11,000 miles each year from Alaska to Baja and back – all found on beaches near the city over a span of just eight days.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/apr/09/gray-whales-dead-san-francisco-bay">Marine scientists ‘alarmed’ after four gray whales found dead in San Francisco Bay </a> </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/01/why-do-dead-whales-keep-washing-up-in-san-francisco">Continue reading...</a>

A recent spate of deaths in the region has caused concern, but scientists say it may not be a sign of catastrophe

The 45ft carcass lay belly-up in the surf at Fort Funston beach, just south of San Francisco, drawing a small crowd of hikers and hang gliders. The stench lingered on the evening breeze as seabirds circled the animal, a juvenile fin whale.

The whale was the fifth to wash ashore in the area this month. The other four were gray whales – giant cetaceans who migrate an astounding 11,000 miles each year from Alaska to Baja and back – all found on beaches near the city over a span of just eight days.

Related: Marine scientists ‘alarmed’ after four gray whales found dead in San Francisco Bay

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