Dead Humpback Whale - Megaptera novaeangliae
On June 28, 2014 a recently deceased Humpback Whale washed ashore about 1/6 of a mile north of Hazard Reef in Montaña de Oro State Park, Calif. A measurement of 35 feet indicated the whale may not have reached full maturity. Adult Length, 40-50 ft, weight 25-40 lbs. for more info I have a brief video. youtu.be/cvSGR77Mx28
The tail, above the flukes had been severely injured (nearly severed). Entanglement in fishing paraphernalia could be a likely cause of the injury.
Statistics were being gathered by researchers from the Channel Islands Cetacean Research Unit.