GRAYLAND, Wash. - Just about all of the gray whale that washed up on the beach in Grayland late last month is gone, you'll be able to visit it's 40 foot skeleton at the Westport Aquarium in about a year.
Store owner Marc Myrsell updated the Westport Council at this week's meeting "All that's left on the beach right now is just the Skull...we're keeping all the bones, I have every single stitch of bone out of that 40 foot whale." The state Fish and Wildlife Department and Cascadia Research said the adult female apparently died in a collision with a vessel.
A few gray whales wash up on state beaches each year, but removal efforts can be costly. When the body of a baleen whale washed ashore near Ocean Shores in June parks officials were given an $8,000 quote to bury it on the beach, it was swept out with the tide days later.