A dead 40-foot gray whale washed ashore in Northern California on Tuesday, the third to be found in the region in the last month.
Visitors to the beach in Half Moon Bay first spotted the whale, and a team from the California Academy of Sciences was en route to assess what to do next.
The carcass was "very decomposed," said Laura Sherr of the Marine Mammal Center.
A humpback whale was found washed up on a beach near San Francisco earlier this month and apparently died after being struck by a ship, a necropsy determined. A sperm whale was found nearby in mid-April, but the deaths were not connected.
Claudia Koerner is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.