PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A dead blue whale washed up on the shore of Ophir Beach in southern Oregon.
Blue whales generally stay away from the coast, making the event extremely rare. They feed solely on krill, Bruce Mate, the marine mammal director at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center, tells KOIN.
“I think we are going to see more of this,” he says. Most of the whales Mate has been tracking for the past two years have not been doing well.
According to Mate, there are 2,300 – 2,500 blue whales in the Northern Pacific.
Teams are cutting the whale apart by hand so they can preserve the bones to put on display.