Sperm whale carcass washes up on Ore. beach

Sperm whale carcass washes up on Ore. beach
This June 28, 2013 photo provided by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department shows a decomposing sperm whale carcass that washed up near Chetco Point in Brookings, Ore. The department says the carcass is too far gone to haul off, and the beach sand is too shallow to bury it, so it will be left to rot. (AP Photo/Oregon Parks and Recreation Department)

BROOKINGS, Ore. (AP) — The decomposing carcass of a 40-foot sperm whale has washed up on a beach in Southern Oregon.

Oregon Parks and Recreation spokesman Chris Havel says it came in on the tide early Thursday near Chetco Point in Brookings.

He says the carcass is too far gone to try to haul it off, and the beach sand is too shallow to try to bury it, so it will just be left to rot.

People who go to look at the whale are advised to approach from upwind.

A similar whale carcass washed ashore earlier in June in Ocean Shores, Washington after apparently dying from being struck by a ship.