Dead humpback whale entangled in crab gear found at Ocean Shores

A dead humpback whale washed ashore at Ocean Shores, Wash., on Sunday, May 20, 2018. (Photo: Cascadia Research)

OCEAN SHORES, Wash -- A dead humpback whale washed ashore Sunday morning at Ocean Shores.

John Calambokidis, senior research biologist with Cascadia Research Collective, said the whale, a young female, was entangled in crab gear, which may have caused its death.

The dead whale was seen floating off shore Friday and was reported to the Coast Guard. It was found washed ashore Sunday morning.

Calambokidis described the whale as 28 and a half feet long and estimated that it was 1 to 2 years old.

The whale will eventually be buried.

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