Dead 70-foot whale on WA beach likely hit by ship

Dead 70-foot whale on WA beach likely hit by ship

Credit: Daria Brockliss-Brown

Dead 70-foot whale on WA beach likely hit by ship

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by KING 5 News

KTVB.COM

Posted on April 13, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Updated Saturday, Apr 13 at 7:19 PM

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.

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