Now, it’s back.
State park staff will be on the beach to present interpretive talks starting at 1 p.m., Sept. 24 – 25.
“We’re entering a cycle of short tides,” Cox explained. “It should stay there for a awhile and give them time.”
Officials added that the bodies of marine mammals and other animals are a natural part of the ocean shore. On busy beaches in the heat of summer, staff normally bury large mammals if they are on busy beaches and reachable with excavation equipment.
In this case, where temperatures are cool and visitors are fewer, it will be left to decay naturally. Scavengers and microorganisms will consume and recycle the tissue over the course of several weeks, according to OSPD.
Researchers have the required federal permits to collect tissue from dead whales. Officials said all other visitors are encouraged to come see the humpback, but are not allowed to take any pieces and are discouraged from touching it.
They also caution when visiting, to keep pets away from the corpse and keep an eye on the ocean for safety’s sake.
The interpretive presentation and parking at Oswald West are both free. Park at the North Short Sand Trailhead on US Highway 101, and follow the trail signs from the parking area to Short Sand Beach, then walk north.