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Scientists are determining what killed a gray whale that was found floating near Camano Island over the weekend.

According to Orca Network's Facebook page, the gray whale was found floating off Camano Island State Park early Sunday morning.

Though the whale does have a large white patch on it, from the photos & conversations with Cascadia Research, this does NOT appear to be Patch, said Orca Network.

Later Sunday evening, Deception Pass Tours helped scientists tow the dead gray whale to Polnell Point on NAS Whidbey on Whidbey Island, where scientists are conducting a necropsy.

A handful of biologists were on scene taking samples to determine how the whale died. Scientists said it is not uncommon for gray whales to die during their annual migration back to the arctic.

On Monday, three gray whales were spotted swimming in Puget Sound between Whidbey and Camano Islands.

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