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Experts Determine Humpback Whale’s Cause Of Death In Oregon

Manzanita, OR – Last Monday, a deceased humpback whale washed ashore at Nehalem Bay State Park. Experts with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration determined that the 34-foot whale had been dead for several days because of how bloated the body was.

On Thursdays, the young juvenile male underwent a necropsy to determine how it died. After cutting into the flesh and discovering significant “bleeding, bruising and swelling on the right side of the whale’s head” experts were able to deduce that death was the result of a vessel strike.

Officials are encouraging people to avoid the area because a protected birds’ nesting area is nearby. Oregon State Parks stated:

The whale washed ashore near a snowy plover management area. Oregon’s beaches are protected nesting grounds for a small shorebird called the western snowy plover. This means there is no access to the beach from the dry sand area where signs are posted and pets are not allowed.

(Image via Oregon State Parks Facebook page)

 


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4 COMMENTS

  1. VERY SAD! ); I AM SICK AND TIRED OF ANIMALS NOT BEING PROTECED ,RESCUED,SAVED! I AM SICK OF AND TIRED OF ANIMALS NOT BEING SAFE AND HAPPY IN THERE GOD SAKEN HOMES WHERE THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO BE AND A RIGHT TO BE SAFE AND PROTECTED….ALWAYS!

    ENOUGH IS ENOUTH!

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  2. I just can’t stand people anymore. The human species is just a disaster to everything on this planet, including each other.

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  3. I know that starving polar bears will feed on dead whales so why are we not hiring tug boats to haul the carcasses up to the Alaska coast. This is not to say I wish the whales to die. I don’t but if they do die they could help keep other animals alive.

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