A dead female right whale dolphin that washed up on the beach at Nehalem Bay State Park near Manzanita has been transported to Portland State University for a necropsy.
The dolphin is considered to be somewhat rare, with personnel at the Seaside Aquarium reportedly seeing just four over more than 20 years participating in the Northern Oregon/Southern Washington Marine Mammal Stranding Network.
The five-foot, five-inch long female was picked up by the Seaside Aquarium and transferred to Portland for testing after it was discovered on the beach on Saturday, June 9.
According to the aquarium, the results of the necropsy were inconclusive. More tests are being performed to find the cause of death.
The dolphin is named after the northern right whale because neither has a dorsal fin.