deadwhale.jpgI have been obsessed with the Ocean Beach dead whale all day, so once I figured you all had knocked off for the day, I headed down to the beach to take a look.

I was not alone! As I headed down the hill just past Great Highway and Judah, a little kid in a school uniform stopped me. “Are you here to see the whale?” he asked.

“Yup, you?”
“Is it cool?”
“Do you have a strong stomach?”
(hmm, do I?) “Sure!”
“Then, yeah, it’s cool.”

And it was cool! And it didn’t smell that bad — kind of like, not to gross you out, the average fish market. Which I guess makes sense because dead sea life, right?

Discovered by surfers or park rangers early this morning, some are speculating, says the Examiner, that this is the same whale hit by that boat last week, as it was dragged back out to sea to decompose. I don’t know about that — that whale was estimated to be between 30 and 50 feet long, and this body seemed much smaller. Then again, I am not completely sure how much whale was there — was this just a half? Is that a face? It’s hard to tell.

I don’t have much more for you — I didn’t have any sort of amazing revelation, nor did news happen while I was there. But looking at the sheer size of the thing (what would I do if I was swimming and a live one touched my foot?), and being able to, if you’ll forgive the expression, see how it’s put together, was kind of amazing.

Authorities have yet to decide what they’re going to do with the body, so if you’re into that kind of thing, it’s probably a good idea to come on down to Ocean Beach between Judah and Kirkham to check it out sooner rather than later.


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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at

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