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Jul 3, 2014 10:42 AM by KSBY Staff

Body of Humpback Whale remains on Montana de Oro beach

Visitors to the beach in Montana de Oro are doing their best to avoid the body of a juvenile Humpback Whale that washed ashore.

It has been there since Friday morning.

the 35-foot whale is north of the Hazards Reef area.

State Park officers do not yet know how the whale died, but say based on scarring on the whale's tail, it could have been entangled in fishing nets.

They can say for certain that it was not attacked by a great white shark.

Visitors on the beach Thursday said they were surprised to see the whale washed up.

"It's just remarkable that these amazing animals are out there and that the waves are strong enough to bring it up here. I've never seen anything like it before," said Ann Wimer, who is visiting from Coarsgold.

There is no current plan to remove the whale and officials say they will wait until a high tide eventually takes it back out to sea.

Officials say they do not know if this is the same entangled whale spotted by surfers in May traveling north from Pismo to Shell Beach.

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