BANDON, Ore. -- A juvenile gray whale washed up on the beach by Face Rock Overlook near Bandon on Christmas Day and biologists were trying to figure out where it came from.
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists said the whale was about 20 feet long and started to decompose before washing ashore.
Back in August of this year, a 45-foot gray whale and her calf got stranded in the Klamath River in California, near the Oregon border. The adult whale eventually got stuck on a sandbar and died.
As first reported by KRCR-TV, a team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association had tried to rescue the female whale and urge her to swim back to the Pacific Ocean, to no avail. The dead whale was eventually buried by the Yurok Tribe in California.
Her calf was only about 15-feet long at the time and was last seen swimming back to sea, about a month before its mother died. Now marine biologists are trying to figure out if the Bandon whale could be that same calf.
Meantime, Oregon parks officials brought in an excavator to bury the whale in Bandon on Wednesday.