Stinky Dead Whale on North Oregon Coast A Somewhat Rare Find: "(Cannon Beach, Oregon) – They are somewhat rarely spotted on the coast, about once every two years. But when they do show up, they smell bad because they’re so decomposed.
They are the species known as beaked whales – which normally live quite deep in the ocean and far offshore from Oregon’s beaches. One washed up on Sunday at a rather hidden beach at Cannon Beach, and it too stank to high heaven.
“It had been dead for months,” said Keith Chandler, manager of the Seaside Aquarium, and one of the responders from the north coast’s Marine Mammal Stranding Network. “It smelled really, really bad. When they finally get here, it’s taken their bodies so long, because they live so deep, so that’s why they’re so rotten when they get here.”"