A dead beluga whale has washed up on a beach in Baja California Sur, Mexico, just months after an extremely rare sighting off the coast of San Diego.
Images of the beluga were shared to Facebook by Mario’s Tours, a whale watching tour operator. “Yes, it’s sad, the journey of this arctic beluga that travels thousands of miles and ends in Laguna Ojo de Hiere,” the company wrote in a post. “Still an extraordinary story. Many questions are in the air.”
It was found on the shores of the Ojo de Liebre Lagoon, around 400 miles from San Diego. The cause of death is unclear. The images do not show any sign of injuries and, according to Robert Brownell, a senior scientist with