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Gray whale carcass

Dockweiler Beach, Venice, CA | 2021-Mar-17

Initial Notification: Late afternoon on 17-MAR-2021, NMFS Stranding Coordinator in CA contacted the NOAA SSC regarding a 30’ gray whale in poor health and in the process of stranding on Dockweiler Beach near LAX airport. The whale died overnight and the carcass may be towed offshore early afternoon today (18-MAR-2021). 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 carcass
Latitude (approximate): 33° 55.58′ North
Longitude (approximate): 118° 26.27′ West