FOLLOWUP/PHOTOS: Dead whale likely to be removed by end of week

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Story & Photos by Scott Schaefer

The body of a fin whale that washed ashore on Burien’s Seahurst Park Beach will likely be removed by the end of this week, according to the city.

As we first reported, the 65-foot animal – most likely killed after being struck by a ship’s propeller – washed onto the beach Saturday morning around 10:30 a.m., with a major part of its body missing

Soon, crowds gathered, as experts from Cascadia Research and Highline College’s Marine and Science Technology Center took tissue samples.

Monday afternoon, crowds were still gathering at the carcass, which is decomposing and beginning to, well…stink a bit. A class of students could be seen sitting on the nearby rocks talking about the whale, using it as a great real-world classroom.

As for the future of the creature, it has to be moved soon.

“Discussions are underway with National Marine Fisheries Service which is working with the City of Burien to explore options for removal of the stranded fin whale,” Burien Parks Director Michael Lafreniere told The B-Town Blog. “More and more likely now we are leaning toward having it towed it out to Puget Sound for sinking or to a location in South Puget Sound for burial. The goal is to have the carcass removed by the end of the week. In the meantime, the carcass is to be cordoned off today; the public is being asked to keep back away from it; i.e. touching it is not a healthy thing to be doing, and to respect the animal’s remains.”

You can view the whale’s body until it is removed; however, you are advised to not touch, climb or disturb it. Just looking at it – and smelling it – is enough for some!

UPDATE: It appears that the dead whale now has its own Twitter account – @deadburienwhale – here are the first two Tweets:

Here are some photos taken Monday afternoon:

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One Response to “FOLLOWUP/PHOTOS: Dead whale likely to be removed by end of week”
  1. JB says:

    Doesn’t the City of Burien own this park?
    Where’s CARES when you need them?

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