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Originally published Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 3:18 PM

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Dead whale washes ashore in Burien

A dead whale has washed ashore near a public park in Burien in south King County.

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BURIEN, Wash. —

A dead whale has washed ashore near a public park in Burien in south King County.

KOMO-TV reports ( http://is.gd/xgFmUi) the Coast Guard started hearing about the whale as it floated about 100 yards off Three Tree Point on Saturday morning.

The whale later drifted toward onto the beach near Seahurst Park.

Officials believe it is a fin whale, but half of its body is missing. NOAA Fisheries says fin whales are the second-largest species of whale with a maximum length of about 75 feet. They are an endangered species and are seldom found in the Puget Sound.

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Information from: KOMO-TV, http://www.komotv.com/

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