Whale perishes on Oregon Coast

The Sei fin whale observed struggling in the surf along the Oregon Coast on Friday, March 6, 2009, is believed to have died and washed up close to where officials lost sight of it late Friday afternoon.

Update: Biologists now believe that the 5040-foot whale that died along the Oregon Coast was, in fact, an endangered fin whale, not a Sei whale as originally reported. They also predict that the whale appeared undernourished and was probably chronically ill. A video report (in which it is still described as a Sei whale) is available. A more recent video is also available.

Parallels to Oregon’s infamous exploding whale are already being made, of course. However, state officials have indicated they have no intention of blowing up the carcass.

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