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Whale carcass was to be moved

BURIEN, Wash. – The city of Burien planned Tuesday to dispose of the smelly carcass of a fin whale that washed ashore Saturday on its Puget Sound beach.

Parks Director Michael Lafreniere said the National Marine Fisheries Service helped arrange for the dead whale to be towed off the Seahurst Park beach Tuesday evening at high tide.

It was to be towed to a secure beach on Puget Sound where it could decay naturally. Timing depended on tides and rigging.

Experts who examined the whale said it apparently was hit and killed by a ship in the Pacific and dragged into the sound on the bow.

Some red paint was found on the whale.