It's whale migrating season. Glimpses of the giant mammals are usually confined to shooting spouts of water out on the sea horizon. However, we have had our share of sad whale demise washing up on the local beaches.
This past weekend, a 12 ft female Orca washed ashore. The whale experts are performing tests to determine the pod home and cause of death of the little gal.
(photo by Ron Malast in the Chinook Observer here)
Last month a 39 ft Sperm Whale and also a 13 ft newborn Gray Whale washed ashore. We saw another Orca - but a small baby only weeks old in November.
In 2006, a 54 ft Humpback Whale was a sad but majestic sight. I blogged about it HERE.