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Looking Back: Tillie the Whale
Published: 05/15/2017
 
Oregon State Archives, Oregon Dept. of Transportation, OHD0873

For generations, marine mammals especially whales have intrigued visitors and locals along Oregon's Coast.

Tillie of Tillicum Beach washed up on the Central Oregon Coast early Sunday morning, August 21, 1938. Also know as the Yachats whale, it measured about 50 feet long and weighed an estimated 40 tons. This assembled Sperm whale skeleton was a tourist attraction on display for at least 10 years at Randall's Shore Pines Cottage Park, five miles south of Waldport. In the whale's mouth is a sign reading "Here lie the bones of Tillie, the whale; In the Shore Pines office we'll give you her tale."

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