Lummi Tribe, Washington


Members of the tribe removed a dead whale that washed ashore in Bellingham Bay in mid-April. Lummi carver Jewell James will create sculpture from the bones of the dead gray whale. A scientist from the National Marine Fisheries Services took tissue samples from the body, said Michelle Higgins, spokeswoman for the Port of Bellingham. The whale, estimated to be about 35 feet long, was discovered April 13 at the foot of Cornwall Avenue, near the Georgia-Pacific West Inc. plant. Brian Gorman, spokesman for the National Marine Fisheries Service, said the whale could have been weakened and malnourished during its 6,000-mile migration from Mexico to Alaska.