PORT HUENEME (CBSLA.com) — Biologists Thursday were examining an endangered dead whale that floated into the port at the Port Hueneme naval base.

The 40-foot baby whale, believed to be a finback, appeared to have been dead for some time before floating into the harbor Wednesday afternoon, Vance Vasquez, Naval Base Ventura County spokesman , said.

READ MORE: Grandmother, 4 Children Shot And Killed In Lancaster Home; Father Germarcus David Arrested

When fully grown, the finback whales can reach up to 90 feet in length, the second longest in the world.

(credit: Naval Base Ventura County)

(credit: Naval Base Ventura County)

READ MORE: USC To Introduce New Football Coach Lincoln Riley Monday

Vasquez said it may have been fatally struck by a ship.

Crews towed the animal to a nearby beach on the base where biologists from the National Marine Fisheries Service were trying to determine exactly how it died.

MORE NEWS: Search For Missing Mother Heidi Planck Leads To Chiquita Canyon Landfill In Castaic

Once was examined, the whale will be towed out to sea 25 miles off shore.