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13th dead whale of the year washes ashore near San Francisco

Authorities say a dead gray whale has washed ashore in the San Francisco Bay Area, bringing the total to 13 dead whales found in the area since March.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the whale carcass was found Thursday along the Point Reyes National Seashore near Limantour Beach.

The Marine Mammal Center plans a necropsy to determine what killed the gray whale.

In this photo provided by the Point Reyes National Seashore is a whale that washed ashore Thursday, May 23, 2019, near Limantour Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore, Calif. Authorities say a dead whale has washed ashore in the San Francisco Bay Area, bringing the total to 13 dead whales found in the area since March. The Marine Mammal Center says that more whales have been spotted in the San Francisco Bay Area since March and scientists fear it's because they are starving and can't complete their annual migration to Alaska. (Sarah CoddePoint Reyes National Seashore via AP)

The center says more whales have been spotted in the San Francisco Bay Area since early March and scientists fear it's because they are starving and can't complete their annual migration from Mexico to Alaska.

Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, https://www.sfgate.com