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Gray whale carcass; Santa Cruz, CA

Santa Cruz, CA | 2020-May-20

Initial Notification: In the afternoon of 20-MAY-2020, NMFS Stranding Coordinator in CA contacted the NOAA SSC regarding a 30-35 foot long Gray whale carcass in the area of Santa Cruz, CA. It is expected that the carcass may be towed offshore tomorrow (21-MAY) and released around mid-day. NMFS requested a carcass drift estimate to aid in determining how far offshore to tow the carcass so it does not re-beach in the upcoming days.

Incident Details
Primary threat:Other
Products of concern:Whale
Latitude (approximate): 36° 57.53′ North
Longitude (approximate): 122° 0.89′ West