Another gray whale washes ashore on Oregon coast

Oregon Coast

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Another gray whale washed ashore near Warrenton Friday afternoon, the 6th gray whale to wash ashore in the region this year.

The 23-foot female gray whale was spotted just south of Sunset Beach, officials with the Seaside Aquarium said. 

All 6 of the washed ashore whales in the Southern Washington Northern Oregon Standing Network Region have been females. Four of them were adults, one sub-adult and one yearling, the aquarium said in a release.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that as of May 1, 37 stranded dead gray whales had been found on the West Coast, including 3 that have washed ashore in Oregon. 

A total of 25 were recorded in Oregon, Washington and California in all of 2018. 

According to NOAA, the deaths may be due to a lack of nutrition. 

A 23-foot female gray whale washed ashore south of Sunset Beach near Warrenton, June 14, 2019 (Courtesy: TiffanyBoothe/SeasideAquarium)

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