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United States. Whales washed ashore in Malibu

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The over seven-meter-long body of a gray swimmer was found on the shore in Malibu, California. The nature conservation services reported that there were no traces on the animal's body that could indicate the cause of its death. As they predict, learning the fate of the whales may prove to be quite a challenge.

On Saturday morning, California wildlife officials were notified of a whale stranded in Malibu. The animal was at Little Dume Beach, a beach popular with surfers and celebrities.

The mystery of death

When experts arrived at the scene, the animal was already dead. According to their assessment, they were dealing with a young male gray swimmer (Eschrichtius robustus) – its body, over 7 meters long, weighed approximately 5,900 kilograms. The corpse did not indicate any “obvious cause of death” – to determine it, it will be necessary to take samples.

However, learning the fate of the animal turned out to be more difficult than initially thought. The swimmer washed ashore below the shoreline, making it difficult for veterinarians to safely access the body. As the non-governmental organization California Wildlife Center (CWC) said on Sunday, its experts are working with federal services to solve the mystery of the whale's death, but it is not yet known at what stage their investigation is.

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