A dead humpback whale was spotted in the water near Pebble Beach on Sunday, according to Monterey Bay Marine Life Studies.
The carcass could be seen floating near Bird Rock. It is not clear how the whale died.
Funded by fees on those whale tail license plates.
That’s thanks to a grant from the California Coastal Commission, which was used to purchase a sand-friendly beach wheelchair and beach walker for disabled visitors to the beach and Conference Grounds.
“I think this site is a really good place for that money to be spent because we have so many people staying here because of the conference grounds,” said Lisa Bradford, an interpreter there who handles tours and educational programs. “There’s a built-in audience here.”
Bradford applied for the grant money that purchased the new equipment. Funding in the amount of $3,470 paid for both the wheelchair and walker and came out of the Coastal Commission’s Whale Tail Grants Program, which distributes money for programs that educate about the value of coastal resources.
For the second time in less than a week, a federal court has found that a Navy anti-submarine training program threatens to subject whales and other sea creatures to harmful blasts of sonar and ordered protective measures in several sensitive zones, including one near Monterey Bay.
The latest ruling, issued Wednesday by U.S. Magistrate Elizabeth Laporte of San Francisco, applies to the Navy’s use of low-frequency sonar in submarine detection exercises conducted in large areas of the world’s oceans. Navy officials agreed to restrictions after Laporte issued a similar ruling in 2002, but she said they failed to take adequate precautions when seeking a five-year renewal of the program last year.