Dead young whale washes ashore

Dead young whale washes ashore

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by Keeley Chalmers

kgw.com

Posted on May 11, 2010 at 5:17 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 11 at 8:48 PM

ASTORIA, Ore. --  For the third time this year a baby whale washed up on the Oregon Coast. 

A Minke whale, only a few months old, was discovered Tuesday morning near the south jetty at the mouth of the Columbia River.  Biologists will perform a necropsy on the 13 foot long whale to find out how it died. 

Keith Chandler, Coordinator for the Marine Mammal Stranding Network says the whale was only a few months old and was likely still nursing. 

"This is an unusual whale to find... it’s the first Minke I’ve seen washed up on our beach here... they're out here they’re just usually further off shore,"  said Chandler.

On Tuesday, dozens of curious residents came to get a glimpse of the majestic creature. 

Although there are visible cuts and marks on the whale’s body, Chandler says it will take a necropsy to determine if the whale had been struck by something such as a ship.  Biologists hope to perform a necropsy Wednesday.
 

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