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Rare Fin Whale Found Dead On Northern Calif. Beach

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Whalers cut open a 35-tonne Fin whale  (Photo credit: HALLDOR KOLBEINS/AFP/Getty Images)

Whalers cut open a 35-tonne Fin whale (Photo credit: HALLDOR KOLBEINS/AFP/Getty Images)

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STINSON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A rare fin whale that washed ashore has died despite attempts from marine mammal experts to save it, and now the beach has been closed after a shark sighting.

Stinson Beach fire officials said Tuesday that the Marin County beach will be closed to the public for five days after several Monday sightings of the 10-15 foot white shark.

Also Monday, the 42-foot whale calf died a day after it was discovered alive with bloody scratches on its underside.

Once large whales beach, they have trouble breathing due to organ compression.

Whale experts tell the San Francisco Chronicle that the cause of its stranding could be fishing gear entanglement, a boat strike or separation from its mother.

It’s not clear whether the shark’s appearance was related to the whale.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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