Blue whale

It’s not everyday that you can say that you have the opportunity to see a blue whale  However, this particular Blue Whale was one that met its demise and was washed up on a remote northland beach not to far from where we were staying.  

Although we have seen a blue whale once before  but that was a display at the Natural History Museum, in London, which you can read about here

Access to view the beached whale was by sea only and Pat kindly offered to take me in their inflatable boat so I could get a look at the whale and although I don’t have a picture of me in the boat whizzing off across the water, here is a picture of Pat & Sue venturing off on a fishing expedition.

We had it on good authority that the said whale had  beached some weeks previously and decisions were still being made as to what to do with the carcass. Particularly as access to it was by sea only, its proximity to a couple of private beaches with some pretty large and no doubt expensive homes there, the occasional waft of decaying carcass was understandably not welcomed by the home owners. And with the whale being 22m in length it certainly poses a rather significant problem.  To give you an idea of what 22m is like, it’s our bus end to end with Pat & Sue’s, with one of the cars tacked on at the end…..and probably similar size in height and depth as well.  In other words – rather large!

The whale had been washed up for a couple of weeks, and the colour of it was no longer blue, it had been bleached by the sun and now resembled a large piece of iron stained marble.  In fact it is not until you get closer in to view it that you realise that it was in fact a whale……but not so close as to smell it!

According to Wikipedia, The Blue whale is the largest known animal to have existed.  By comparison, one of the largest known dinosaurs of the Mesozoic Era was Argentinosaurus, which is estimated to have weighed up to 90 tonnes, comparable to the average blue whale.

So I can now say that I have seen a Blue Whale albeit a decaying deceased one!

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2 Responses to “Blue whale”

  1. Stuartinnz Says:

    So what is for dinner tonight?

  2. Shhhhh…..we are not telling! | The Vanninis' Manoeuvres Says:

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