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Old 22-09-2007, 11:56   #1
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Mysterious Blue Whale Deaths

For the third time in two weeks, the carcass of an endangered blue whale has been found floating in the ocean off the Southern California coast.
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"Scientists plan to tow in carcass of 3rd blue whale


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"Eager to examine the whale's tissue while it's fresh, scientists are making plans to tow the carcass to shore at Naval Base Ventura County at Point Mugu.

"To preserve evidence, scientists want to quickly begin a necropsy that they hope will tell them why three such mammals have died."

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How do you dispose of 60 tons of dead whale?

Apparently, disposing of a gigantic whale carcass isn't so easy. From today's LA Times, comes word that one of the deceased whales seems drawn to Southern California beaches:
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"Whale corpse washes ashore for the third time

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"For the third time in less than two weeks officials have tried to find a permanent resting place for a 60-ton whale corpse.

"60-ton carcass was first found in Santa Barbara Channel. Lifeguards dragged it back to the ocean but the rotting mass reappeared in Malibu on Sunday and again Thursday."
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Old 05-10-2007, 17:07   #3
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How do you dispose of 60 tons of dead whale?

We had issues with that a few years ago. The 1st whale they buried on the beach and then dug up a few years later and the skeleton is on display at the New Bedford Whaling museum. The 2nd whale they towed out to sea, but there were "close to shore" shark sightings that whole summer from the increase in sharks in the area feeding on the dead whale. (which NEVER happens around here)
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How do you dispose of 60 tons of dead whale?
Do like the ole whalers use to do with it.
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They aren't afraid of boats or ships

The past couple years these guys have been hanging out around socal more than usual. I had a very close call with a couple a few years ago off Palos Verdes. I had to quickly disengage my autopilot to avoid hitting 45' blue. It appeared to be defending its 15' baby. They were on a collision course with us and appeared to have no fear of hitting us.
There is a huge amount of commercial traffic in the area, feeding the busiest port in the USA. I'm just guessing that this might have something to do with it.
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Tow it WAY out into the ocean with a commercial tug...eventually nature takes care of things.
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It's a lot harder than you might think . . .

From today's LA Times, comes word that disposing of a rotting whale carcass isn't an easy thing to do:
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"Disposing of a whale? A hulk of a problem

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"A blue whale was found dead floating off the Ventura County coast in September.


"Safely getting rid of a rotting carcass is quite the challenge, as beach towns recently learned.

"By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

"October 8, 2007

"What to do with a dead whale is no small problem.

"Tow it to sea and it just might come back -- as did the remains of a 70-ton blue whale that washed up on Malibu beaches twice last week.

"Stick it in the ground and its oils might leach back into the ocean, drawing sharks eager for dinner. That happened with a whale buried at a popular San Diego County surfing spot in 2003.

"Blow it up and you just might end up showering blubber on hapless spectators, as did the state of Oregon in a 1970 incident still kept pungently alive on the Internet and in columns by humorist Dave Barry. . ."
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