10 February, 2011

Big Sur: Part 3

A day at Bean Hollow State Beach, on the coast between Santa Cruz and San Francisco.

Blue Whale carcase decomposing on the beach. Yeuch! But also Wow a Blue Whale!

Update: After a visit to the Mission Science Center, which has several of this Blue Whale's bones, I learned that what we took the picture of was probably the foetus - this female Blue Whale was pregnant when she was beached, after hitting a propeller. The mother whale was much much larger and I think under water when we were there. Though apparently there isn't much of her now. Interesting aside, the bones are now leaking oil. 

This picture says it all really.

1 comment:

Isaac said...

the last picture is a winner!