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Originally published Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 3:13 PM

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Dead whale washes up on Ocean Shores beach

Washington Fish and Wildlife biologists are examining a dead whale that was found washed ashore Thursday morning on the coast about four miles north of Ocean Shores.

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OCEAN SHORES, Wash. —

Washington Fish and Wildlife biologists are examining a dead whale that was found washed ashore Thursday morning on the coast about four miles north of Ocean Shores.

KXRO reports (http://bit.ly/160D7y0) it was spotted by a deputy on patrol.

A state shellfish biologist who happened to be nearby, Dan Ayres, says the whale is 53 feet long. He says, although it's smelly it apparently hasn't been dead too long and should provide some good samples.

Ayres says it's not a gray whale, the most common type of whale to die in Washington waters. But it is a baleen whale and could be a fin, sei (sy) or blue whale.

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Information from: KXRO-AM, http://www.kxro.com

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