wave.jpgA dead gray whale was spotted in the waters off the Ferry Building in the San Francisco Bay this afternoon, a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman said.

The Coast Guard was notified of the female whale at about 1 p.m., Lt. j.g. Jeremy Pichette said.

He said the Coast Guard was called out to assist Marine Mammal Center researchers in recovering the whale. Researchers had planned to tow the whale to a beach in Richmond to conduct a necropsy, however the carcass washed ashore on the south side of Angel Island at about 5:30 p.m., Pichette said.

He said the Coast Guard and the Sausalito-based Marine Mammal Center will reevaluate the situation in the morning.

The carcass did not pose a navigational hazard this afternoon, Pichette said.

On April 20, a juvenile male gray whale was found dead between Fort Mason and Alcatraz in the San Francisco Bay.

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