Crews scraped the marine life off the derelict dock from Japan, then sterilized the surface with torches on Thursday. The ton and a half of animal and plant life removed from the dock were then dumped in a hole in the sand above the high water line.
For the third time in seven years, a whale was found beached in a popular tourist area in Grays Harbor county. This time, the gray whale washed ashore near Pacific Beach. The big job for the state is getting the beach cleaned up.
Following the success of "The Cove," a documentary about the dolphin-hunting village of Taiji that won an Oscar Sunday, Japanese fishermen are particularly sensitive to filming of whaling or dolphin-hunting.
Biologists say some were hit by ships or boat propellers. Others likely died from illness on their annual migration north. Either way, five gray whales have come ashore dead along the West Coast in the past two weeks.