The whale has lingered around Possession Sound. It’s unclear if it will join a group of regular visitors known as the Sounders.
The death is the latest in an ongoing unusual mortality event for gray whales. This one appeared to be malnourished.
Officials said they would perform a necropsy Saturday. The species is experiencing an “unusual mortality event.”
The governor, who is in Scotland for an international climate conference, set an aggressive timeline.
An earthquake along the southern Whidbey Island fault reshaped the land some 2,700 years ago. Another big one is expected, and it could be devastating.
Island County has 196 miles of shoreline to protect as sea levels rise. And erosion is only one of the challenges.
The election is Feb. 2.
The new grants are part of Island County’s efforts to guard against erosion.