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Dead gray whale washes ashore at beach in Everett

A gray whale was found near Harborview Park on Sunday. (Everett Police Dept.)

A dead whale washed ashore at Harborview Park in Everett, according to a tweet from Everett police.

The park is temporarily closed. The whale’s cause of death is currently unknown, and police are working with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to investigate.

NOAA said there’s a spike in stranded dead gray whales this year along Washington beaches. This year, 13 whales have washed ashore compared to three during the same time frame in 2018.

Many of the stranded gray whales have been skinny and show signs of malnutrition. NOAA said there have now been more than 40 stranded dead gray whales on the West Coast, compared to 25 all of last year.

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