PORTLAND, Ore. — Marine life scientists say a dead 38-foot-long humpback whale disappeared off an Oregon beach before they could figure out what killed it, but it washed up on a nearby beach on Tuesday.
Marine experts who looked at the corpse say they couldn't see an evident cause of death for the humpback whale. It died at sea and initially washed up south of Cannon Beach on Friday.
Tiffany Booth of the Seaside Aquarium told The Oregonian/OregonLive that scientists brought equipment to the beach on Monday hoping to examine the whale, but Sunday's high tide must have pulled it back out to sea.
Booth says the only thing the crew found was a 35-pound kidney.
The whale was found Tuesday on another Oregon beach two miles away, in Oswald West State Park.
Booth says the whale head been dead for so long that it was bloated with gas and probably exploded, causing some internal organs to be pushed out.