Killer Whale Washes Ashore

LONG BEACH, Wash. – A dead killer whale washed ashore over the weekend near Long Beach.

The 12-foot female orca was found Saturday about a mile north of the Cranberry Beach approach.

The Oregonian reports ( ) Portland State University biology Professor Debbie Duffield and Cascadia Research biologists performed a necropsy Sunday on the animal.

Tiffany Boothe of the Seaside Aquarium says the whale had been dead for a while, but the necropsy revealed hemorrhaging, indicating major trauma.

The orca was between 3 and 6 years old. Photos and DNA testing may determine whether it was a member of the Puget Sound orca population.

Last month, a 39-foot sperm whale and 13-foot newborn gray whale washed ashore on the Long Beach Peninsula and a newborn orca was found dead in November.


News Director of Jodesha Broadcasting since October 2007. Dave Haviland moved to Grays Harbor in 1979 and graduated from Aberdeen High School in 1993.