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Whale carcass found floating off shore from Black's Beach

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Posted at 2:25 PM, Mar 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-28 17:36:54-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — A deceased whale was found by lifeguards floating off the coast of San Diego Thursday.

San Diego Fire Rescue Lifeguards at Black's Beach spotted the dead whale floating about two to three miles off Sumner Canyon.

Lifeguards responded to the gray whale, found to be about 30 feet in length and show obvious sounds of bloating and decomposition, according to SDFD spokesperson Monica Muñoz.

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SDFD lifeguards are working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to secure samples of the whale carcass and figure out what disposal options are available.

It wasn't immediately clear what led to the whale's death. Almost exactly one year ago, a gray whale was found dead on the shores of Black's Beach.

Recently, experts have said a humpback whale feeding frenzy is occurring off the coast of San Diego. Massive amounts of bait off in coastal waters have attracted large numbers of whale and dolphins to the area.