Dead pygmy sperm whale washes ashore at Sonoma Co. beach

Marine Mammal Center officials say they have only responded to three other pygmy sperm whales washing ashore in its 45-year history.

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- In the North Bay, a rarely seen pygmy sperm whale washed up on a beach in Sonoma County. The eight foot long female was discovered on North Salmon Creek Beach yesterday. The Marine Mammal Center says she was pregnant.

Scientists are working to determine the cause of death. Pygmy sperm whales are elusive. The Marine Mammal Center says examining the whale allows it to build important baseline data on this little known species.