Sunday, December 4, 2011

Beached Whale...

A sad sight on our beach Saturday morning was this dead beached whale. The above photo was taken by my husband on his phone because I forgot my camera :-(  The whale was washed ashore on Friday afternoon and of course half the town was down on the beach to look at this unusual sight. It had quite a large gaping  hole in its side so presumably it had been hit by a passing ship which is not a nice thing to think about. We had also heard that someone had come in the middle of the night and hacked off its jaw bone??!! Again not a pleasant thought :-(

 Apparently there is quite a few whales around at the moment as they are on their annual southern migration down to Antarctica. To give you an idea of its size and weight 2 diggers struggled to drag it further down the beach to a burial site and ended up having to roll it along.


8 comments:

BaileyGirl5 said...

I can hardly fathom the size and power of one of those fantastic creatures. It is sad to see one at the end of it's life. Amazing sight, really.

Michelle said...

Very sad... poor thing, they are such majestic creatures.

Katy Cameron said...

So sad :o( We've had a few beachings around our coast recently, although no-one's sure why (and they've all been at totally different points/sides of the country) No-one has though, to the best of my knowledge, tried to get a jawbone from any of them, how horrible :o(

gill said...

Do you know what kind of whale it is?

Lis said...

So sad and such an undignified end for a wonderful creature.

Deb said...

Oh that is so sad....

Nic said...

That's really sad. And I can't believe the poaching of the jawbone!

Leslie said...

oh that is so sad....

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