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Stinky Dead Whale on North Oregon Coast A
Somewhat Rare Find
|Photo courtesy Seaside Aquarium
(Cannon Beach, Oregon) – They are somewhat rarely
spotted on the coast, about once every two years. But when they do show
up, they smell bad because they’re so decomposed.
They are the species known as beaked whales – which
normally live quite deep in the ocean and far offshore from Oregon’s
beaches. One washed up on Sunday at a rather hidden beach at Cannon Beach,
and it too stank to high heaven.
“It had been dead for months,” said Keith Chandler,
manager of the Seaside Aquarium, and one of the responders from the north
coast’s Marine Mammal Stranding Network. “It smelled really,
really bad. When they finally get here, it’s taken their bodies
so long, because they live so deep, so that’s why they’re
so rotten when they get here.”
The aquarium got the call about 10 a.m., just as the whale
was still slowly washing in. They got to the scene and found a Cuvier's
Beaked Whale at a place called Crescent Beach, which is accessible only
by a mile-and-a-half trail to the beach.
of the stranding network and the Seaside Aquarium worked quickly to remove
the teeth of this rare whale before poachers could get them,” said
Tiffany Boothe, from the aquarium. “In the past, there have been
problems with people taking the teeth. The teeth are one of the most important
things to collect from these animals. The scientific value of them is
Boothe said the teeth are used in telling how old the creatures
Chandler called it “pre-emptive stealing,”
as just about every beached whale that shows up on the coast brings out
someone trying to steal the teeth.
Back around New Year’s Eve, aquarium staff responded
to a dead whale and allegedly found a man trying to steal those teeth.
That case is still pending with national authorities.
|Looking down on Crescent Beach from Ecola State Park
Two sperm whales and two beaked whales that landed here
in recent years cajoled poachers. “That’s part of the problem
of alerting the press to these beached whales,” Chandler said.
With the whale stinking so badly, how could they stand
taking out the teeth?
First, Chandler admits, he got to stand quite a ways from
the whale and had his crew work on it. “I stood by and watched,”
“The whale was a full grown male measuring approximately
20 feet and weighing about two to three tons,” Boothe said. “The
Cuvier's Beaked whale is the most widely distributed of all the beaked
whales. They prefer deep offshore waters and live in both cool and tropical
|This sperm whale was found in Cannon Beach around New Year's Eve,
with someone allegedly trying to steal its teeth
Debbie Duffield and her crew from the Marine Mammal Stranding
Network headquarters are planning to visit the whale carcass on Tuesday
in an attempt to determine how it died.
But the isolation of Crescent Beach presents numerous problems.
“We’re not sure how we can get the carcass up that hill,”
Chandler said. “We’ll have to figure that out.”
Also, the trail is quite narrow, and Chandler doesn’t
believe it can be taken out in pieces, either. It may simply be left to
A dead beaked whale shows up on the Oregon coast
about once every year and a half to two years, but Chandler said his crew
expect more. “And it seems like when we see one, there’s often
another one or two,” Chandler said. “I wouldn’t be surprised
if we saw another one on Tuesday or something.”
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Sands Condominium Motel, Lincoln City. Free, fresh baked
cookie upon check-in is just the start. All rooms beachfront and
up against Lincoln City's most famous stretch of beach: the D River.
Each room comes as a suite or mini-suite, and has a kitchen and
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171 S.W. Highway 101. 800-527-3925.
Beach Rentals, Lincoln City. Perfect for large family
vacations all the way down to a getaway lodging for two - with
over 25 vacation rental homes to choose from. A breathtaking collection
of craftsman or traditional beachfront homes, or oceanview houses
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of amenities are available, like hot tubs, decks, BBQ, rock fireplaces,
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Cape Property Services.
Dozens of homes in that dreamy,
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All homes are immaculate and smoke free; some pet friendly (with
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decks, and fire pits or barbecues. Call about tempting winter specials
that go until March (not valid holidays, however). www.archcaperentals.com
City Vacation Homes
Something for everyone: smaller homes
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or just a few steps away – all with a low bank access and
fantastic views. Most are in the Nelscott area; one is close to
the casino. You’ll find a variety of goodies: fireplaces,
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cable TV, VCR, barbecues; there’s a loft in one, and another
sprawling home has two apartments. Pets allowed in some homes
– ask first. Each comes with complete kitchens. Most have
seventh night free. Prices range from winter $85 to summer $230
per night. www.getaway2thecoast.com.
At Spanish Head, Lincoln City. Lincoln City’s only resort
hotel built right on the beach with all oceanfront rooms - nestled
against a rugged cliffside overlooking a soft, sandy beach. Dine
in penthouse restaurant and bar, for casual meal or candlelight
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4009 SW Highway 101, Lincoln City. 1-800-452-8127 or 541-996-2161.
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