BURIEN, Wash. -- A dead fin whale washed up on the beach at Seahurst Park in Burien on Saturday morning.
The 70-foot whale washed up at about 10:30 a.m.
Biologists were working to determine how the whale died.
"This point we are fairly convinced this was a ship strike mortality ... the whale was hit by a ship when it was still alive we see areas of bruising and blood infused into the blubber, which means the whale was alive when struck we see signs paint from a ship," said John Calambokidis, research biologist with Cascadia Research.
Biologists say fin whales are among the most susceptible to being hit by a ship because they don't dive very deeply and spend a lot of time close to the surface while they're feeding.