Fin Whale washed up on Seattle Beach

I was driving to Seattle early this morning when I heard on the radio about a dead whale that had washed up on the beach at Seahurst Park. A Fin Whale. The second largest living creature on the planet. Amazing. I was awe-struck with the magnificence of it. I was saddened that it lost it’s life from being struck by a sea going vessel. I was fascinated discovering all the detail. It was every bit a celebration of wonder.

Fin Whale at Seahurst Park

At high tide most of the whale was submerged

Fin Whale at Seahurst Park

We returned later at low tide

Fin Whale at Seahurst Park

Researchers concluded it was struck on it’s right side

Fin Whale at Seahurst Park

Baleen inside it’s mouth

Fin Whale at Seahurst Park

The small dorsal fin

Fin Whale at Seahurst Park

Blood still flowing, returning from where it came

Fin Whale at Seahurst Park

A small sweet offering someone left for it

The Cascadia Research Collective was one of the organizations that were present to examine it. Here is their preliminary report.

http://cascadiaresearch.org/Burien%20fin%20whale%20-%2013%20April%202013.htm

Here is their Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cascadia-Research-Collective/110495958982184

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