Deceased whale reported in L.A. harbor

SAN PEDRO, Calif.- The U.S. Coast Guard received a report of a dead whale in Los Angeles Harbor this morning.

The report came from the Merchant Vessel OOCL Japan, a Hong Kong flagged ship coming into the harbor. Coast Guard Station Los Angeles was on scene to assess the situation until the members from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service arrived. The researchers determined the animal to be a 60-foot fin whale.

The Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service and the Marine Exchange of Southern California are broadcasting a marine information broadcast to alert vessel traffic in the area as a precaution to protect both shipping and whales.

Collisions with whales or sightings of injured whales should be reported to NOAA at (562) 980-4017. Boaters can contact the U.S. Coast Guard on Channel 16.

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