NEAH BAY (December 23, 2003) Tribal and federal marine biologists gained valuable information about the endangered sei whale as a result of a necropsy (animal autopsy) that was performed on a carcass towed to Neah Bay in September.

The 45-foot-6-inch whale washed ashore west of Port Angeles in mid-September and was towed to Neah Bay by Makah tribal representatives.

Sei whales are rarely seen in U.S. near-shore waters. The biologists wanted to learn more information about sei whales and determine the cause of death.