I had been waiting for the opportunity to see a dead whale on the beach for a long time. I first heard about this 38-foot humpback whale on the beach in Falcon Cove on a Sunday; it had washed up the day before, when I was at the coast with Dan! But much further south. On Tuesday when I was back at the coast with Ashley, I read that the whale had washed back out on Monday (all except for the kidney ?). On Wednesday (I was following this pretty closely), I read that it washed back up, at Oswald West! It was predicted to stay there for a while, so we made the drive out to see it the following Sunday. We just missed the interpretive talk by state park staff, but it was amazing just to stand next to the remains of this incredible creature.
The whale had been dead at sea a long time, and when we saw it it was pretty much just the skin. You can see pictures of what it looked like in Falcon Cove, before it “blew its stomach lining out through its mouth when its bloated stomach exploded the day after it hit the beach” (here).
See all photos from September