A dead male blue whale — the largest animal in the world — washed ashore Wednesday at Thornton State Beach in Daly City.

Veterinarians with the Marine Mammal Center and California Academy of Sciences will go to the beach Thursday to conduct a necropsy, collect tissues and bones, and try to determine what caused the whale to die.

Source: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Dead-blue-whale-washes-ashore-at-Daly-City-beach-10415929.php