dead whale washed up on the beach between L & K, so I decided against paddling out, as the surf was uninspiring anyway
That is NOT good news
Did it look like a discarded BBQ corn-on-the-cob, c/o GWS?
What happens next is pretty critical. If it's buried just above the high-tide line like the mid-beach one some years back, every high tide will throw the scent back in the water.
Could be a sharky year, with L-K ground zero
not quite corn on the cob, but it did look like it may have been chewed up some towards the tail. I called it in to the NPS and apparently they will send people from the California Academy of Sciences to come and assess how to dispose of the whale.
park service is there now, along with a group of lookey-loos. to the heckler who told me that i was surfing right in front of it and wouldn't it have been funny if i had run into it... um, NO.
@piss: take care not to let Stacey do a neck-slide on that thing. you'll never get the smell out of yr truck. ;)
@pickle.... I guess you drifted down from where I saw you paddle out, eh? Glad I started later in the alphabet than you did. The annoying N-bound drift continues.
@sf_kneelo, yep, you're spot on. Here's to hoping they tow it out to sea. I'm assuming this isn't the same one that hitched a ride on the bow of the ship last week, eh? What'd they do w/that one after it's vacation in Oakland?
@sticker. I hear that the Coast Guard is working on the black market to sell these puppies into Korean sushi joints in LA!
The are calling it 'dolphin'!
Stacey and I didn't make it out this morning, but I can't IMAGINE what she would have done!
Thanks for the headsup! Shutzund training only goes so far with her obedience...her natural instinct to roll around and nibble on that thing would have been WAYYYY too strong, agreed.
F*ck you, dolphin! F*ck you, whale! F*ck you, snowy plover!
that's nice @sticker. i got out at frickin kirkham!! and i have to say thanks to the guy who paddled out after me and stuck with me the whole length of the beach, i don't like being out there alone especially after seeing that whale. hate that current. HATE IT
Uh oh...Looks like it's time for: http://www.theexplodingwhale.com/evidence/the-video/
Mr whiskey, a very apropos video selection indeed. I too, vote for blowing it up so the menacing plovers can get a feed in without the use of knives and forks.
@exploding whale: that is such a stereotypical meathead American way of dealing with a problem. When in doubt, blow it up.
Whales will also explode on their own. Exploding whales aren't limited to America.
Ewwww, I didn't realize it would have such a gross preview shot. Unembedding and adding the warning that this is more gross and less hilarious than the exploding US whale.
Would anyone hazard an educated guess as to what type of whale it is? (My uneducated guess: its not a grey whale, maybe a right whale or a small blue whale????)
(and before @sticker says it: DOLPHIN)
@greg... guessing humpack
@sticker... thought I saw a blurb and had to look that up... pretty wild ride! The CBS story mentioned it was getting chomped in Oakland. Feed 'em... feed 'em all! :)
Here's the SFGate story: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/09/20/BACN1FGPUE.D...
From the SFGate article: "Authorities plan to bury the whale at the beach rather than drag it out to sea." Well that will certainly clear out the lineup mid-beach.
Blowing dead whales up is certainly not limited to Americans Mr. Kooktastic - thanks for pathetic entry.
@jch: let me enlighten you:
Bomb them Back to the Stone Age: An Etymology
The quote is usually attributed to Curtis LeMay, the scowling Air Force general who incinerated two thirds of Japan’s cities in World War II and was disappointed when Kennedy wouldn’t let him do the same to Cuba. In his 1968 memoir he suggested that rather than negotiating with Hanoi, the United States should “bomb them back to the stone age,” by taking out factories, harbors, and bridges “until we have destroyed every work of man in North Vietnam.”