Dead whale washes ashore near public park in Burien

Dead whale washes ashore near public park in Burien
The whale's corpse washed up on a beach near Seahurst Park in Burien.
BURIEN, Wash. - A dead fin whale drifted onto shore near a public park in Burien on Saturday morning, but there was no immediate information on how it died.

The Coast Guard started getting reports about the whale early Saturday as it floated about 100 yards off Three Tree Point.

The whale later drifted toward shore, washing up on the beach near Seahurst Park at about 10:30 a.m., witnesses said.

Officials said it is believed to be a fin whale, and that half of its body is missing. That type of whale is rare in Puget Sound, and one theory is that it was brought in by a ship that struck it while out at sea.