A dead Pilot whale was found on the beach south of Trinidad (a small town north of Eureka) on Monday. Apparently this type of whale does not usually frequent these waters, so it seems the poor guy was a little off course. The Eureka Times-Standard“> has an article about it and a gory slide show of Humboldt State biologist hacking it up. When a whale is beached it presents a rare opportunity for biologist to study these giant creatures. One reason the international moratorium on whaling should not be suspended is because researchers have very little knowledge of whale populations numbers and whales in general. A very close friend of mine works for the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society and she has increased my knowledge of cetaceans greatly.
Meanwhile it seems ships are killing an average of one blue whale per week in Southern California!