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Crews bury humpback whale that washed ashore at Oceano Dunes

Posted at 9:01 PM, Nov 13, 2018

Days after a humpback whale washed ashore in Oceano, California State Parks staff buried it at the Oceano Dunes.

Crews were seen digging a massive hole for the whale and then burying it Tuesday.

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Crews bury a humpback whale that washed ashore in Oceano last week (Photo Courtesy: Dave Irby)


The whale washed ashore last Thursday covered in shark bites, although researchers are still trying to determine whether sharks were the cause of its death.

Researchers took samples of the whale over the weekend and hope to get test results back in a few weeks.

This isn’t the first time a whale has been buried in the area after washing ashore. In September, the carcass of a young humpback whale was buried 20 feet under the sand.

Oceano humpback whale
Photo from Dave Irby