43 foot Gray Whale Washes Ashore at Falcon Cove, North of Manzanita, Fri. July 1st

The beach at Falcon Cove had an early, unexpected guest on the beach before the 4th of July holiday. On Friday July 1st, a 43 foot gray whale washed ashore. A representative with the Seaside Aquarium says the Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding network, a research group based at the Seaside Aquarium, has collected tissue samples from the adult whale to determine how it died, and no further details are available. There are no plans to remove the whale at this time. Photos by Don Backman