Heavy Seas Beach Dead Whale in Santa Monica, Sailboat in Playa del Rey
The remains of a 10-foot, 1,200- to 1,400-pound newborn gray whale washed ashore Tuesday afternoon on Santa Monica Beach between the California Incline and Santa Monica Pier.
Lifeguard Capt. Kenichi Haskett said the whale carcass was spotted at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and that officials believe the whale died a day or two after its birth. The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is expected to take tissue samples.
At about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, a 35-foot sailboat washed ashore on the north side of Dockweiler State Beach in Playa del Rey. No one was on board and the boat appears to have broken loose from its mooring due to high winds and heavy seas, according to county lifeguards.
— Gary Walker and Joe Piasecki