Dead baby whale washes up on Oregon Coast

  • Sun Apr 18th, 2010 9:36pm
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Associated Press

GEARHART, Ore. — A scientist says a baby whale that washed up on a northwest Oregon beach died from entanglement with crab pot lines.

KATU-TV reported that a necropsy was completed Sunday by Portland State University staff and students.

Dr. Debbie Duffield, head of marine biology at the university, said the whale also showed evidence it was still of nursing age.

The baby whale washed up dead on Clatsop Beach north of Gearhart Friday.

Keith Chandler with the Marine Mammal Stranding Network said the baby whale was already in bad shape when washed up. He said a rope was stringing from its mouth.

Experts said the death isn’t connected to the deaths of five other gray whales in Washington.