Sad but beautiful: Sunset provides a stunning sense of serenity.

Porpoise Deaths Remain a Mystery

A dead porpoise washed ashore in Long Beach Saturday evening, adding to an unsettling rise in such occurrences in Washington State this year.

The porpoise was found along a popular stretch of shoreline just beyond the World Kite Museum. Police arrived on the scene shortly after receiving a call from a concerned witness.

“It’s sad, but kind of beautiful,” said one witness captivated by the sunset reflecting on the water around the marine mammal.

More than a dozen porpoises have washed up on Washington beaches since early May, including three on Whidbey Island and eight along the San Juan Islands.

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