UPDATE, 4;50 p.m. | Cascadia Research Collective’s John Calambokidis says the whale, a 68-foot fin whale, likely died after being struck by a ship. The whale had evidence of blunt force trauma.
Calambokidis says fin whales are at higher risk of being hurt by ship strikes. He says the reason is under study but it may be that those species don’t know how to react to ships, which are becoming faster and more numerous.
ORIGINAL POST | OCEAN SHORES (AP) — Washington Fish and Wildlife biologists are examining a dead whale that was found washed ashore Thursday morning on the coast about four miles north of Ocean Shores.
KXRO reports it was spotted by a deputy on patrol.
A state shellfish biologist who happened to be nearby, Dan Ayres, says the whale is 53 feet long. He says, although it’s smelly it apparently hasn’t been dead too long and should provide some good samples.
Ayres says it’s not a gray whale, the most common type of whale to die in Washington waters. But it is a baleen whale and could be a fin, sei (sy) or blue whale.