Whale that washed up in Turnagain Arm is no longer on the bank, NOAA says

The whale that had washed up in a Turnagain Arm-area riverbed has washed back out to Turnagain Arm. (Courtesy Sean McGrane)

ANCHORAGE, (KTUU) - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Alaska Region says the dead whale that washed up in Turnagain Arm last month is no longer on the river bank, and is now further out in the waters of Turnagain Arm.

“The floating whale is not really a navigational hazard in Turnagain Arm," Julie Speegle with NOAA says. "If it floats out of Turnagain Arm, that may change. We are hopeful since we performed a necropsy on this whale, it will sink.”

Over Memorial Day weekend, the carcass of a stranded gray whale became a temporary tourist stop along Turnagain Arm, drawing large crowds.

Monday afternoon, KTUU spoke with Speegle who says NOAA received calls saying the whale is floating.

Officials say they do recommend folks stay clear of the area.

To date, seven gray whales have been found dead in Alaska.

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