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Dead Newborn Gray Whale Washes Ashore On Santa Monica Beach

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A dead, 10-foot-long baby gray whale was found washed ashore near a lifeguard tower in Santa Monica today.The body of the 1,200-pound baby whale was found around 2 p.m. near lifeguard tower 12 on the beach, reports ABC 7. The cause of the whale's death is still unknown, but an employee from the Natural History Museum was called in to investigate the circumstances, Los Angeles County lifeguard Lydia Barillas told City News Service.

The body of the whale was removed from the beach by Santa Monica city maintenance workers and is expected to be picked up by the museum.

Earlier this year a baby gray whale was spotted in Marina del Rey for several days, seemingly separated from its mother. There's no indication yet if the two incidents are related.