As research crews figure out what to do with a 72-foot blue whale on the coast in Mendocino County, it is attracting many onlookers. The whale died after being struck by a research vessel, believed to be the 78-foot Pacific Star. Its crew is under contract to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to update maps of the ocean floor. Here's a video look at the whale:
VIDEO: Dead Fort Bragg blue whale is still there
10/22/2009:A1: Humboldt State University students Tuesday inspect a 72-foot, female blue whale that washed ashore Monday just south of Fort Bragg. A Humboldt State expert estimated the whale weighed more than 50 tons. PC: A blue whale, likely struck and killed by a survey vessel Monday, Oct. 19, along the Mendocino Coast, was evaluated by Humboldt State University students. The whale will be left where itÊis.