Continuing the whale saga
A more detailed report on the beached whale at this article from the local Coos Bay newspaper (there’s a video, too!) For anyone who doesn’t care to read the full article or watch the video, here’s the pertinent quote from Bruce Mate, who serves as marine mammal director at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center:
“The last two years there’s been what’s called a warm water blob developing off California and reaching up to our neck of the woods. And we’re bracing for a really strong El Nino this year. All three of those years are going to be really bad for whales that feed on krill,” he said.
He also described the whale as “emaciated” and said it had a “very sick blubber layer”.
So not exactly natural causes. 😦
Earlier in the day, looking out to sea catching several whales swimming off the beach at Cape Blanco. I caught two blowing in this shot with the fishing boat. The whales were waaaaay out there, so this zoomed shot is cropped pretty heavily.
A shot of one of the whales a bit closer to shore.
I know it’s considered de rigueur to use a slow shutter speed in order to produce the milky looking waves, but I’ve nearly always preferred to see the ‘action’. If I stare long enough at this shot, I can almost ‘see’ the surf crashing.
To stand at the edge of the sea, to sense the ebb and flow of the tides, to feel the breath of a mist moving over a great salt marsh, to watch the flight of shore birds that have swept up and down the surf lines of the continents for untold thousands of years, to see the running of the old eels and the young shad to the sea, is to have knowledge of things that are as nearly eternal as any earthly life can be.
― Rachel Carson