Humpback whale carcass discovered at Kincaid Park
A humpback whale carcass has washed up on an Anchorage beach. It was discovered at Kincaid Park, on Thursday, near the motocross area.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) Fisheries spokesperson Maggie Mooney-Sues says it’s the same 42-foot whale that was discovered near Hope on June 28.
Scientists have already performed a necropsy, according to Mooney-Sues.
NOAA Fisheries is asking people to stay away from the carcass that scientist say may attract bears or carry diseases.
Despite the warning, dozens of people took a steep, marshy walk down to the bluff for a chance to see the whale up close.
“The skin is kind of peeling off, which is odd. The intestines are piling out onto the shore, which is kind of wild to see. It’s wild to be so close to a whale tale,” Anchorage resident Jennifer Hazen said.
“It’s pretty big. Up on top of the hill I was thinking it wasn’t as big as I thought it was, but now I’m close and it’s pretty big,” Anchorage resident Allie Sturgill said.
At this point NOAA Fisheries plans to leave the whale where it is.
Mooney-Sues says they don’t want to risk hurting the wild habitat or getting stuck in the shallow water.
So far this year, there have been 100 marine mammal reported events in Alaska, according to NOAA Fisheries. That includes stranded animals, ship strikes, or entanglements.
In 2015 there were 342.
NOAA Fisheries asks that if you see a marine mammal at risk to please call their hotline at 877-325-7773.