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Humpback whale washes up on beach near Oswald West State Park

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Members of the Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network said a humpback whale found washed ashore near Oswald West State Park had likely been dead for quite some time. (Dave Pastor/KPTV) Members of the Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network said a humpback whale found washed ashore near Oswald West State Park had likely been dead for quite some time. (Dave Pastor/KPTV)
ARCH CAPE, OR (KPTV) -

A juvenile humpback whale washed onto the beach at Falcon Cove near Oswald West State Park late Friday.

Keith Chandler with the Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network said the whale was first reported coming in near Arch Cape before ending up in Falcon Cove.

Chandler added that he believes the whale had been dead for quite some time, noting the amount of decay.

It didn’t come ashore and beach itself and die,” he explained. “It’s been floating for quite some time.”

After the whale settles, Chandler said his organization will do a necropsy to see what they can learn from the animal, saying that even though the animal had been dead for a long time there was still data that could be gathered.

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