Beach visitors near Bandon got an up close and personal look at a 38-foot beached whale over the weekend.
What has been tentatively identified as a Sei whale became stranded on the south of Bandon along the south Oregon Coast Saturday afternoon, Sep. 5.
Oregon State Park rangers, the Oregon State Police, Oregon State University, Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network, and representatives of the West Coast Marine Mammal Stranding Network and NOAA Fisheries responded to the scene.
While alive when it first came ashore, the Sei whale was stranded by the tide and died Saturday evening, according to investigating agencies.
Based on its size, it was a subadult male, meaning it was not yet fully-mature. The necropsy was scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 6 by Oregon State University, World Vets, and Sealife Response, Rehabilitation and Research.
The necropsy allows marine mammal biologists to collect samples to try to determine what may have caused the animal to strand. The carcass was to buried on the beach following the necropsey. It is against federal law to take pieces from a whale carcass.
Information about Sei whales is available online at https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/species/sei-whale.