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Saber-Toothed Whale: Animal Surprisingly Comes Ashore Southern California Coast Intact (VIDEO)

Oct 18, 2013 02:47 PM EDT | By Justin Stock
Southern California, Whale

For the second time this week, an unusual sea creature has arrived on the shores of Southern California after drifting near Venice Beach CNN reported.

"It was really humbling and sad to see such a majestic creature stranded this way," said Heather Doyle, director of the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium told CNN. "Such a sighting of the whale up close in California is a once in a lifetime opportunity,"

The species, a female saber-toothed whale measuring 15 feet, and weighing 2,000 pounds which are known to reside in waters off Alaska was all in one piece, and clinging to life from some shark bites.

The sight was a rarity however because the animal's condition is unusual for species who endure what the whale went through as biologists usually find them charred or bitten by other sea life.

"They're so rare and unusual looking," Jim Dines of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles told CNN. "They are like sea monsters, and people really pick up on that. I think it's just really a coincidence. It's too early to tell. If we were to see a whole bunch of these animal strandings that would give more evidence of something going on."

On Wednesday, an oarfish or serpent type animal was found dead at Catalina Island off the waters of Los Angeles in Toyon Bay.

The species measured 18 feet long, and could not be moved without at least 15 people lifting it up into the air.

"I'm not going to speculate on any wackiness, but I will say you have years of temperature changes and we have had warmer waters," Jose Bacallao, a biologist at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium told CNN. "I'm not saying the water temperature brought that whale or the oarfish here, but it's still a pretty amazing sight to see."

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