From fiction to real life: Tropic whale in South Puget Sound?January 22nd, 2010 by Jeff Adams
Hello All! I started this blog last week then immediately left for a week-long meeting in Los Angeles. Apologies for my neglect and thanks much to those of you who commented and responded to my initial blog.
I’ve got a few things to share from LA but will wait until I get home and download the pictures.
In the meantime, if you haven’t heard through other avenues, what appears to be a juvenile (still nearly as long as my house) Bryde’s whale has washed up in South Puget Sound. It likely solves some mystery whale reports from Liberty Bay residents to the Orca Network earlier this month.
Bryde’s whales typically live in the tropics. This appears to be the first record of the whale in the Puget Sound. If you’ve ever read Jim Lynch’s The Highest Tide, you might find it ironic that this whale showed up near where young Miles began to witness strandings of several unusual and awesome creatures outside of their usual habitat. … If you haven’t read The Highest Tide, it’s a quick read loaded with marine biology, embedded in a great story.
For more information and several pictures of this particular whale, check out the Cascadia Research website. Enjoy the mysteries and wonders the sea is willing to share! JEff
Jeff Adams is a Washington Sea Grant Marine Water Quality Specialist, affiliated with the University of Washington’s College of the Ocean and Fishery Sciences and based in Bremerton. You can follow his Sea-life blog, email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 360-337-4619.