Coastal Oregonians witnessed something rare in recent days, when a blue whale washed ashore near Gold Beach, The Register-Guard reports.
Nature officials told the publication that blue whales -- the largest animals on Earth -- are uncommon so close to shore in Oregon's waters, let alone washing ashore.
The whale is estimated to weigh more than 100 tons and stretches to nearly 80 feet long. Its cause of death is uncertain, though the body does have shark and killer whale bites.
Currently, the plan is to remove the blubber from the enormous marine mammal -- work that is still in progress -- so the giant marine mammal's skeleton can be preserved and eventually displayed in a museum.
via The Register-Guard