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Blue whale carcass washes ashore near Gold Beach

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GOLD BEACH, OR (AP) -

A 78-foot long dead blue whale weighing over 100 tons washed ashore this week north of Gold Beach.

The Register-Guard reports researchers are working to harvest the skeleton of the marine mammal which is rarely seen in Oregon.

The emaciated whale was dead for about two weeks before it washed onto the sandy beach Monday 10 miles north of Gold Beach and about 70 miles south of Coos Bay.

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department ocean shores specialist Calum Stevenson theorizes the whale could have become weakened by El Niño and the Pacific Decadal oscillation. Resulting ocean warming that can harm marine life upon which blue whales feed.

Researchers plan to take the skeleton to the Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute for educational display.

Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com

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