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Juvenile, 40-foot-long male Fin Whale washed up on beach at Heceta Head.A deep water juvenile male Fin Whale washed up on the beach at Heceta Head Lighthouse. On Friday it was seen at the mouth of the Siuslaw River in Florence. Hatfield Marine Science Center and Oregon State University officials took samples to try to determine why the whale died. We know little about this whale because it lives in deep water. It is hoped that this 40 foot whale will wash back out to sea Monday at a higher tide than today. The state park was closed to traffic this afternoon until further notice. There is parking on the west side of 101 just after the tunnel and bridge.

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Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Moderate. Tide Level: 0.0 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 20. Number of dogs: 1. Other Activities: Looking at dead whale. People anxious to observe this huge creature on the beach.

Stranded Marine Mammals

A deep water juvenile male Fin Whale washed up on the beach at Heceta Head Lighthouse. On Friday it was seen at the mouth of the Siuslaw River in Florence. Hatfield Marine Science Center and Oregon State University officials took samples to try to determine why the whale died. We know little about this whale because it lives in deep water. It is hoped that this 40 foot whale will wash back out to sea Monday at a higher tide than today. The state park was closed to traffic this afternoon until further notice. There is parking on the west side of 101 just after the tunnel and bridge.

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July 4, 2023

At 7:30 a.

ThomasK

Mile 179

December 27, 2022

The parking lot was closed due to King Tide debris washing up onto the parking lot and possbility of sneaker waves.

ThomasK

Mile 179

November 29, 2022

It was a cold, windy, day with chance of rain at any moment.

ThomasK

Mile 179

November 9, 2022

A quick trip to check the Heceta Lighthouse Beach.

ThomasK

Mile 179

June 29, 2009

It was a beautiful clear morning.

oystercatcher

Mile 179

April 10, 2009

Immature Gray Whale reported dead on Carl G.

FriendofStrawberry

Mile 179

March 9, 2009

The 40 foot long juvenile male fin whale which was washed up on Sunday the 8th was being buried in an 11 foot deep trench by a local Florence excavating company.

oystercatcher

Mile 179

March 8, 2009

Juvenile, 40-foot-long male Fin Whale washed up on beach at Heceta Head.

FriendofStrawberry