Dead whale off Anchorage park will be left for high tide

    A dead humpback whale that washed ashore near one of Anchorage's largest parks will be left for nature to take its course.

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A dead humpback whale that washed ashore near one of Anchorage's largest parks will be left for nature to take its course.

    KTUU reports the whale initially was found near the community of Hope, across Turnagain Arm from Anchorage, but high tide took it.

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration confirms it's the same whale that has washed up near Kincaid Park. The agency is urging people to leave it alone because whale carcasses can attract bears.

    NOAA spokeswoman Julie Speegle says they hope a high tide will wash the whale back out to deeper water.

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