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Second dead whale found along California coast

The second whale found dead along the California coast washed ashore in Half Moon Bay
It's unknown what killed two whales found dead in California but it could be old age

A second whale carcass has landed along the California coast in less than a week.

A mammoth whale carcass was seen floating Wednesday afternoon near Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay.

"We are definitely keeping an eye on it," said Sarah van Schagen, a spokeswoman for the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito.

Once the whale washes ashore, a group of researchers will assess the situation and determine an appropriate response, she said.

A necropsy will probably be performed on the beach because the whale is too large to transport.

Earlier this week, a dead 50-foot fin whale washed ashore below the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant in San Diego.

It's unclear why the marine mammals died.

Van Schagen said a great number of dead whales that have washed ashore in the past had died of natural causes.

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