Scavengers Having A Whale Of A Time At The Point

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Few days ago I went bird hunting for the snowy owl, for pictures don’t get excited. I saw a lot of buzzards at the point near the dune poles. They were feasting on what looked like square cushions or something. Turns out it was whale blubber chunks.

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Buzzards having a party

The foxes are digging up the humpback whale that washed up over a month ago and was buried. You can even see the rope that was used to drag the whale there in one of the pictures. The birds are having a field day on pieces of the whale that were dragged onto the beach.

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You can see the rope that was used to drag the whale and buried with it

If you happen to be driving out there, stay away from the dune fence posts along the main curve of the point. The last thing you want to do is get stuck in a whale. Digging out of sand is one thing, not so sure how that would go digging out of whale.  I only had my feet for a shovel that day, I walked out there, so I covered the hole back up as much as I could, but that probably lasted less than twenty-four hours

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The holes are near the dune poles.

The point closes on March 1st and the scavengers are going to have a field day. Since it is a federal closure, I don’t think anyone will be able to keep an eye on the buried whale. Also it could be a little ripe out there this summer, when the wind is right, and the temperatures are in the upper 90’s. Going to be interesting to see what happens in September when the point opens back up. There might be a whale of an ecosystem on the beach. 

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Whale blubber or skin chunks on the beach

Be careful driving in that area . The parks have been alerted about the scavengers digging up the whale carcass.   They might want to build a dune on top of that area, or move the posts.

Fish On!


Rich King

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