Vancouver Sun: Juvenile humpback whale washes ashore, dies in White Rock (with video)

12 06 2012

I don’t usually watch the news these days. Today though, I had a few minutes spare, so I turned it on. “Hey news – you’re looking really sexy today…” (The old ones are, well, the oldest.)

I was a bit sad to see that a humpbacked whale had been stranded on White Rock’s East Beach. It had been alive when it first landed early in the morning, but had subsequently died. Initial reports said it had been in distress for a considerable time and had its baleen ensnared in a commercial long-line which had prevented it eating for quite some time. Though it finally died at White Rock, its fate had been sealed a long time previously. It was quite moving to see ladies from the local Semiahmoo Band drumming a lament and sending its spirit away in peace.

As the tide returned, the carcass was towed away to an undisclosed location for tests and disposal. It looked almost like a submarine being launched with the flowers people had placed on the dead creature’s head to honour its death.

Many animals die on our beaches every day. Somehow though, the death of a large mammal seems to make us feel the loss more personally, and we feel the need to mark its passing. A reminder that all living things are connected ultimately.

Vancouver Sun: Juvenile humpback whale washes ashore, dies in White Rock (with video).

Juvenile humpback whale washes ashore, dies in White Rock (with video)

Juvenile humpback whale washes ashore, dies in White Rock (with video)

Juvenile humpback whale washes ashore, dies in White Rock (with video)

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13 06 2012
misfits' miscellany

It’s true, there is something more affecting about the death of a large mammal, especially if it’s not a predator.

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