Professor Chris Callahan examines the bone of a gray whale that washed ashore at Pebble Beach in April. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
A rotting 35-foot long sperm whale may attract the curious, but eventually the smell is enough to drive most beachgoers away. Not Chris Callahan.
Callahan, an associate professor of biology at College of the Redwoods and a member of Humboldt State University’s Marine Mammal Stranding Network, joins other scientists to determine how the animal died. He often brings his students with him.
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