It appears what some state officials are calling the “ever-returning whale” may be home for good near Manzanita.
A 38-foot deceased Humpback whale, that washed in and out with the tide along north Oregon coast beaches this week, is staying put at Short Sands Beach in Oswald West State Park, according to reports.
Oregon State Parks and Recreations Department (OPRD) officials said the location is stable enough that they intend to leave it there. There’s also no way to get heavy equipment down to the area to bury the dead creature, or even remove it.
Teams from the Seaside Aquarium and the Marine Mammal Stranding Network’s Portland State University office attempted a necropsy on the whale’s carcass Thursday, but couldn’t determine the cause of death. They said the mammal’s internal organs gone and it had been dead too long – making such a determination impossible.
Researchers added that from what inspections were possible, it appeared to have been a healthy whale and there were no signs of trauma.
OPRD interpreters will be on the beach this weekend, both Saturday and Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to educate people about the Humpback and how it feeds the local environment.
However, they caution visitors to stay clear of the whale’s remains – for both humans and pets – to avoid contracting disease.