Tuesday, December 6, 2022

A Second Humpback Whale Washes Up Dead on the Mendocino Coast in as Many Months

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The carcass found today north of Fort Bragg [Pictures from Dylan Flud]

A dead humpback whale has washed up on the sands of the Mendocino Coast north of Fort Bragg. This is the second humpback whale carcass to appear on the coast in the last two months and the fourth whale since May of this year.

Mendocino Coast resident Dylan Flud heard about the whale’s appearance on the shoreline today and searched all morning to locate it. He said seeing the sea creature was a “reward” and offered a simple “Rest In Peace”.

In May of this year, a rare beaked whale washed up near Jug Handle State Preserver. In July, a Sperm Whale was found dead in a cove near Mendocino. It was less than two months ago when another humpback washed up near Fort Bragg.

We reached out to Sarah Grimes, Noyo Center’s Stranding Coordinator, who told us she can provide more details about their findings tomorrow morning.

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I like to think of myself as a journalist for the everyman. Journalism has become a craft practiced largely by the urban elite. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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