Humpback whale found dead on French beach, unknown cause of death

Humpback whale in open sea, photo by Steve Halama on Unsplash
Humpback whale in open sea, photo by Steve Halama on Unsplash

A humpback whale was found dead on Wednesday on a beach along the Mediterranean Sea in southern France. It’s not known how he died.

“As soon as we arrived, he was already dead,” said Elodie Sene, a caretaker at an aquarium in the town of Grau-du-Roi. “I’ve never seen anything like this, it’s the first time I see this in the Mediterranean,” she added.

The seven-meter-long (23-foot) animal was evacuated from the beach at Carnon. An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of death.

Humpback whales are not usually found in the Mediterranean Sea, where fin whales are more common.

At the beginning of May, scientists were worried about the well-being of the starving young grey whale Wally. He was lost in the Mediterranean Sea and couldn’t find his way home to the Pacific ocean.

It’s still now known if he found his way back. Wally was last seen several days ago off the coast of Majorca, Spain.

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