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Dead whale washes up in Oakland Estuary

OAKLAND — A dead whale washed up near the Jack London Aquatic Center on Friday morning.
The whale carcass, which appears not to be full-grown, was found partially submerged underneath a bridge being renovated along the Embarcadero along Fifth Avenue, the Marine Mammal Center said.
There is no damage or other impacts to the bridge project there, according to the city.
The Marine Mammal Center is working with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to come up with a plan to tow the carcass to Angel Island State Park so scientists can perform a necropsy, or animal autopsy, to determine the cause of death.
The whale’s sex, and species is currently not known, but the center said it is not uncommon for whale carcasses to be found in the bay.
The NOAA received reports on Wednesday that a dead whale was draped across the bow of a large ship entering the San Francisco Bay. It’s not clear if that was the same whale found Friday morning in Oakland.
The U.S. Coast Guard was notified early Friday morning of the deceased whale, and notified the Marine Mammal Center and NOAA.
A similar-looking whale was found at the Howard Terminal in the Oakland Inner Harbor January 2017 . That whale was a female, was about 40 to 60 feet long.
A study last year indicated that West Coast ships kill more than 80 endangered whales annually.
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