Whale found dead in Rodeo died of malnutrition, necropsy reveals

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Scientists at the Marine Mammal Center say a gray whale that was washed ashore in Rodeo last week died due to malnutrition. 

Scientists at the Marine Mammal Center have concluded a necropsy on the female whale, which was noted with a significant lack of blubber and body fat — signs of malnutrition, the necropsy results said. 

According to the Marine Mammal Center, gray whales in poor condition have been observed in poor condition during this year’s migration. 

Officials said this may be due to abnormal oceanographic conditions impacting the food sources of whales. 

This was the 10th gray whale necropsy to be performed on a gray whale this year. 

Another necropsy is planned for the whale most recently found at Linda Mar Beach in Pacifica. 

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