PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The remains of a dead humpback whale that washed ashore near Arch Cape over the weekend and washed back out to sea with high tide returned to shore at Oswald West State Park.
The dead whale is 38 feet long, Oregon Parks and Recreation said.
Officials had planned to examine the whale corpse on Monday and showed up with equipment to do so, only to find high tide had pulled the body back out to sea. The only thing the crew found was a 35-pound kidney.
Now the whale is back, 2 miles south at Short Sand Beach inside Oswald West State Park.
The twice-daily high tides predicted over the next few weeks are not expected to be high enough as to carry the corpse back out to sea, officials said.
Normally, the bodies of large marine mammals are buried, but due to cooler temperatures and fewer visitors to the beach, the whale will be left to decay naturally over the next several weeks.
Visitors are encouraged to come see the humpback but are not allowed to take any pieces. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department discourages people from touching the whale.