Whale found dead had swallowed golf ball

Associated Press
This photo provided by Cascadia Research, biologists and volunteers examine a dead gray whale on April 23, 2012 at Camano Island, Wash.  The initial exam found no trauma or obvious cause of death. The whale had swallowed some debris, including a golf ball, but it wasn’t enough to kill the 37-foot male. The garbage was minimal and not the cause of death, which remains under investigation with tissue tests, said spokesman Brian Gorman. It's common for whales to pick up debris near urban areas because they are filter feeders. There were no signs of trauma or entanglement on the whale, he said. (AP Photo/Cascadia Research)

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A gray whale found dead in Washington state's Puget Sound on Apr. 22 had been feeding on shrimp and also had some debris, including a golf ball, in its stomach, but scientists don't know what killed the animal.

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