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40-foot whale buried after washing ashore on Oregon coast

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A dead whale that washed ashore on the Oregon coast was buried at the beach on Wednesday.

The massive 40-foot gray whale first appeared on the south jetty at Fort Stevens State Park on Sunday. Word spread quickly after it hit land in Seaside on Tuesday.

Dozens of people showed up to see the decomposing whale that had likely been dead for several months, even though it was described as "really a nasty, smelly thing."

Some touched it, others took photos and one man was even seen playing his guitar next to it.

Work crews brought heavy machinery to the beach on Wednesday to bury the whale. They dug all the way to bedrock farther down shore before pushing the whale into a very large hole and covering it up.

Experts said for every foot in size, they estimate the whale weighs one ton, bringing the total girth of this giant to at least 40 tons.

Photos: 40-foot whale washes ashore on Oregon coast

Biologists at the scene said they've buried smaller whales before, but this was likely the largest they've ever seen near Seaside.

Portland State University researchers collected samples to try and determine a cause of death.

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