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Whale's carcass washes up on Totten Inlet beach

A whale that might have been wounded in a collision with a vessel has washed up dead on a beach in Totten Inlet.

John Calambokidis of Cascadia Research said Saturday it was a Bryde's (BROO-dess) whale, a primarily tropical species that rarely shows up in Puget Sound. It's the second Bryde's whale to turn up dead in the area this year, and researchers aren't sure why it was in the area.

The badly injured whale was first spotted in November, missing large chunks of flesh and blubber. At least one of the whale's injuries seems to have come from a boat propeller, and it's possible all of them did, Calambokidis said.

Scientists hope to move the carcass to another location where they can perform an examination Monday.

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