SEASIDE, Ore. -- Authorities are trying to figure out how to get rid of a 40 foot dead and decomposing gray whale that floated onto the beach in Seaside Tuesday.

The whale washed up near the popular Seaside turnaround after originally appearing on the South Jetty at Fort Stevens State Park last Sunday.

Photos:Gray whale on Seaside beach

Witnesses said the smell from the decomposing whale was 'very nasty.'

A marine biologist will take samples from the whale to try and figure out how it died. Then, the city of Seaside will come up with a plan to bury or remove it from one of the states busiest beaches.

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