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Man Caught Stealing from Whale Carcass on
|The decaying sperm whale landed near Cannon Beach on New Year's
Photos courtesy Seaside
(Seaside, Oregon) – Federal authorities are investigating
the alleged stealing of teeth from a whale carcass that washed up in Cannon
Beach on New Year’s Eve – which is considered a federal crime.
Staff from the Seaside Aquarium received a call in the
morning on December 31 that a whale had washed up at Ecola State Park
in Cannon Beach. The following day, as they approached, they spotted a
man cutting out the jawbone of the whale. By the time they got to the
scene, the man was trying to hide from them in the bushes.
Aquarium manager Keith Chandler, employee Jason Hussa and
a member of the Marine Mammal Stranding Network headquarters in Portland
responded to the whale stranding, arriving about noon. They were able
to confront the man trying to remove parts from the whale. He was cooperative
with the team, Chandler said, and returned the teeth and jawbone.
|Whale's jawbone area, with section missing
Because of the investigation, Chandler was not able to
say much about the incident.
Special Agent Sean Stanley, with the National Marine Fisheries
Service in Astoria, was one of two agents interviewing Hussa and Chandler
on Wednesday. He said the investigation was in the very early preliminary
stages, so he was unable to reveal much as well.
“We have probable cause to believe a crime was committed
and we are investigating,” Stanley said. “We believe this
was a violation of the of the Endangered Species Act and the International
Whaling Convention Act.”
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Stanley said this kind of crime could result in as much
as one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.
whale was a female, full grown, and about 37 feet. Chandler said it had
been dead for a while.
“Probably two months,” Chandler said. “It
was flat as a pancake.”
He said he had no clues about how it died. The team took
measurements, retrieved tissue and blood samples from the creature, and
the network representative took them back to Portland, where analysis
may reveal more.
In spite of its state of decay, Chandler said the smell
was not unbearable. Cold weather probably helped that situation.
The rocky spot where it rolled in is extremely hard to
access, much less see, except from a hiking trail between Indian Beach
and the viewpoints at Ecola. The cove is only accessible from a hidden
path that is extremely difficult to traverse, so Chandler didn’t
think it was likely others would be able to get it.
|The whale carcass is in a very remote cove
that is extremely hard to access (photo Bill Carpenter)
At first, because of high tides, the crew was not able
to get to the whale. Lower tides on New Year’s Day enabled them
to get there. “So the incident spanned two years,” Chandler
The remote spot makes it impossible to get equipment down
to the beach, and there is no sand to bury it in. So, officials will simply
let it sit and it may roll out again with the tide.
nothing you can do on that beach,” he said. “For now, it’s
left to the seagulls.”
sperm whale may end up on another beach where it can be buried.
Chandler said this incident serves to remind the public
what not to do if they find a stranded animal on the Oregon coast.
“It shows it’s important not to mess
with these things,” he said. “Every piece of these creatures
is important for research, and besides it’s a federal offense.”
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