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A mysterious dead beaked whale covered in unusual injuries washes up on a California beach

A mysterious dead beaked whale covered in unusual injuries washes up on a California beach
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A dead beaked whale has been found on a California beach with mysterious injuries around its jaw and face. (Image credit: Courtesy of Noyo Center for Marine Science)

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The corpse of a rarely seen type of beaked whale recently washed up on a California beach with mysterious wounds on its face and scrapes all over its body. Experts don’t know what caused the injuries, how the whale died, or even what species this sharp-nosed whale belongs to.

The unusual remains of the dolphin-like whale, which measured about 16 feet (4.9 meters) long, were found May 15 on a beach at Jug Handle State Nature Reserve near Fort Bragg. A team from the nearby Noyo Center for Marine Science recovered the body with the help of researchers from the California Academy of Sciences (CAS) in San Francisco. The group collected samples of the whale’s blubber, organs and skull and sent them to the National Marine Mammal Tissue Bank in Charleston, South Carolina, for analysis.

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