OAKLAND, Calif. (BCN/KTVU) - A rare beaked whale washed up on Drakes Beach in the Point Reyes National Seashore in Marin County recently, according to the National Park Service.
Beach watch volunteers found the whale, which biologists think may be a Hubbs' beaked whale, although more genetic testing is necessary to determine the particular species, park service officials said.
Staff from the park service and the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco responded to remove the carcass for further testing.
A rare beaked whale was found on Drakes Beach by @GFNMS Beach Watch volunteers. Biologists think it might be a Hubb's beaked whale, but genetic testing is needed to confirm the species. Staff from the park & @calacademy recovered the carcass for further testing.📸G. Bennett. (sc) pic.twitter.com/YUC0ZJ6uEM— Point Reyes NPS (@PointReyesNPS) August 22, 2019