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Necropsy on dead whale found in SF Bay will not be open to public

A dead female whale spotted floating belly-up in the San Francisco Bay over the weekend is currently tied to a pier at Blunt Point while scientists await clearer weather to perform a necropsy.

But contrary to the Marine Mammal Center’s original statements on the dissection, stating that the public would be able to get quite close to the whale while it’s being examined, the actual event will not be open to the public.

SEE RELATED: Dead whale washes up near Oakland waterfront Saturday

“The necropsy will eventually take place (conditions permitting) on a remote beach west of Blunt Pt. that’s unfortunately inaccessible to the public and accessible by boat only,” Rulli told the Examiner on Tuesday. “The unpredictable weather and king tides are currently delaying any response.”

That said, dead whales appearing near the San Francisco coast are not a unique occurrence, so anyone disappointed in this conclusion may get another chance. In October a dead blue whale washed ashore on a Daly City beach. After conducting a necropsy biologists were able to determine that it died after being hit by a ship.

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