Dead Humpback Whale Calf in Humboldt County

Dead whale calf

A humpback whale calf, mouth agape, lies dead on beach about a half mile north of the Mattole River mouth. [All photos provided by Russ Namitz, BLM biologist.]

Yesterday, BLM biologist, Russ Namitz, found a deceased humpback whale calf, about a half mile north of the mouth of the Mattole River.

Namitz said the calf, which is about five meters long, is “relatively fresh, just starting to decompose.” He added that there are no “obvious signs of depredation.”

For those who can’t make the treck to see this unique creature up close, Namitz sent along the following photos.



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