The Gray Whale that swam up the Klamath River to hang out near the Highway 101 bridge is still there. Friday, August 12th marked 50 days.
You can follow news and observations of the whale at Ashala Taylor’s blog.
Any one have a theory as to why the whale is hanging out under the bridge? Seems to me that of all the areas along the river, its just odd that it has been within the same area for 50 days.
I am not an expert and have very little knowledge of whales, but I have been wondering if her sonar is telling her it isn’t deep enough to get out. Have any of the scientists mentioned this or is it a moronic idea?
Or, she has a good reason to be there that we fail to comprehend, and her calf was scared away to its death because it wasn’t ready to be weaned.
It’s an absolutely amazing opportunity to see a gray whale up so close and from above. It literally gave me chills to see her.
My reaction to many of the fools who were also there to see her was just the opposite. Idiots and their children darting in front of moving traffic. running from one side of Hwy 101 to the other as she moved under the bridge and the morons stopping their cars in the middle of the interstate to let their passengers out to join the show.
Yeah, I’m so dissapointed in my own species yet in awe of others…
Indeed. The so called expert who came and scared the calf away with orca calls accomplished what? They would have done better to prevent all the people from fucking with the whale by not allowing boat traffic around it.
The Yurok Salmon Festival is Aug 20; Mrs. Whale & jr whale better get out of town…..like now.!.!.!.!
does it help your self-esteem to call other people idiots and be disappointed in your species?
you sound like a couple of arrogant a-holes.
cool ! Great photo
I read somewhere that the scientists said this is the usual time for calves to leave their mothers. They also said this species is solitary so mother and calf wouldn’t stay together anyway. My concern is for the whale, her health and the decreasing chance she will be able to get back to the ocean as the river becomes more shallow every day. It’s unfortunate the scientists weren’t successful in driving her out sooner regardless of the awe inspired by seeing her up close.
This doesn’t look like its going to end well.
Hating to go there but…if it doesn’t end well what’s to be done with the carcass? We’ve all seen the problems with simply getting whale carcasses off of beaches (hint: don’t use dynamite). How do you deal with a 45′ long whale withing the banks of a river, lined with salmon fisherman and nets, with an ever dwindling supply of water and in full public display? Ugly.
The whales can’t get past the gill nets strung accross the river’s mouth. If they don’t want to remove the nets then The Makah Indians with speed boats and .50 cal recoil free rifle need to come down and show California how to handle whales and operate firearms.
The calf’s departure from its mother was premature.
Something tells me that if she wanted out she’d get the f*%k out. As for the calf, hey, sharks gotta eat too…..
It is what it is folks. Ma Nature can be a cruel, heartless bitch.
Daily Triplicate Reporter Megan Hansen says the whale beached herself this evening. More in the DT tomorrow.
A different report from Ashala Taylor who says on her blog the whale “floated down the river towards the ocean and is now caught on a sand bar and low tide.”
Megan Hansen: “Scientists are asking people not to go see the whale in the #Klamath tonight as they want her to be surrounded by as much calm as possible.”
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