Stay Eat Events Weather Beaches

Rare Dolphin Stranding Near Oregon Coast: Seen Once in Two Decades

Published 04/11/2016 at 6:11 PM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

(Seaside, Oregon) – Crews working for Seaside Aquarium and the Marine Mammal Stranding Network made a rare find just north of the Oregon coast yesterday: a northern right whale dolphin. The five-foot-long dolphin was found stranded in Seaview, Washington. (Photos courtesy Tiffany Boothe, Seaside Aquarium).

While the dolphin itself is not rare, it isn't usually seen this far north. What actually makes the find so unusual is that this only the second one to wash up on the northern Oregon coast and southern Washington coast in decades.

Tiffany Boothe with Seaside Aquarium said the northern right whale dolphin (Lissodelphis borealis) stranded itself on the beach late last night in that area.

“In the 25 or so years that the Seaside Aquarium has been involved with the Marine Mammal Stranding Network this is only the second northern right whale dolphin that we have seen,” Boothe said.

At the time the creature was reported to have washed ashore it was still alive. By the time the aquarium crew arrived, Boothe said it had died.

“At this time it is unknown why this animal stranded itself,” Boothe said. “Along the Oregon and Washington coasts, cetaceans which end up on the beach alive are usually very sick animals. The dolphin was recovered and a necropsy will be preformed later at Portland State University.”

Boothe said they normally live as far north as the California coast but don't get up here that often. She believes it and maybe others it was traveling with were following warm water currents into the area. They usually travel in pods anywhere from a few individuals to hundreds.

This type of dolphin normally gets to about six to ten feet in length, and males are usually larger than females. They have a slender, streamlined body with a beak that's not very long, a sloping forehead and small flukes. From some angles, they may appear smaller than they really are because they have a slim body configuration. They are the only species of dolphin in the northern Pacific Ocean to not have a dorsal fin.

This kind of body type also aids in their ability to cruise the surface with not much of the dolphin showing.

They are known as swift swimmers and for making graceful leaps out of the water. The right whale dolphin can keep up the pace at 16 mph, but can hit the occasional burst of 22 mph. Scientific studies show they generally try to keep clear of vessels at sea. Where to stay in this area - Where to eat - Maps and Virtual Tours





More on Seaside below:





More About Oregon Coast hotels, lodging.....

More About Oregon Coast Restaurants, Dining.....

 

A famous little family eatery where the seafood practically gets shuffled from the sea straight into your mouth. Soups and salads include many seafood specialties, including cioppino, chowders, crab Louie and cheese breads. Fish 'n' chips come w/ various fish. Seafood sandwiches with shrimp, tuna or crab, as well as burgers. Dinners like pan fried oysters, fillets of salmon or halibut, saut�ed scallops.
Oregon Coast event or adventure you can't miss
Pacific City, Oregon

 


 


Coastal Spotlight

LATEST Related Oregon Coast Articles

Oregon Coast Under Wind Warning, Flood Watch - But Lots of Sun Coming
Heavy weather over the weekend, but paradoxically a really nice run of sunny weather
Central Oregon Coast's Highlights in Newport, Depoe Bay in Oct, Nov
A lot happening in the world of theater and opera, along with plenty of Halloween fun. Newport events
Lincoln City's Tour to Die For Again Haunts Oregon Coast
It's returning to life on October 20 - 22 and 27 - 29, mixing history with spooky. Lincoln City events
Oregon Coast Vacation Rentals - A Massive List
Find dozens of beach rentals in Gearhart, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita, Rockaway Beach, Tillamook, Oceanside, Pacific City, Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport, Yachats, Florence
Highlights of N. Oregon Coast's Tillamook County This Month: Food, Music
Garibaldi events, Pacific City events, Manzanita events
Central Oregon Coast Event Highlights: Lincoln City Gets Spooky and Delicious
A series of awesome events fill the roster in Lincoln City for the next month. Lincoln City events
New Irish-Style Beer Comes to Oregon Coast's Pelican Brewery
Restaurant news: Sea'N Red, a traditional Irish-style Red Ale, Pacific City
Oregon Coast Travel: Difficult But Comic Lessons the Beach Can Teach
Yet the beach has a way of showing you who's boss. Sometimes it's funny. Cape Kiwanda, Newport bayfront, safety, Lincoln City

Back to Oregon Coast

Contact Advertise on BeachConnection.net
All Content, unless otherwise attributed, copyright BeachConnection.net Unauthorized use or publication is not permitted