The dead leviathan

I heard talk yesterday of a whale washed up on the coast at Cape Conran nearby to my home here in Lakes Entrance. I couldn’t help but go and investigate after work. This is what I found:

It is a sperm whale and I would estimate its length at around 10 metres long. They mature at 16m and can reach up to 20m so this is likely a sub-adult. As to why it died, who knows? We had a lot of storms here recently so it only just washed up, yet it seems to be decomposing pretty quickly so perhaps it was afloat for a while before being deposited here.

The photos don’t do justice to how big and impressive this carcass is.

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Video

My way home

Time lapse video of part of my regular 5 hour, 440km drive from Canberra (Australian Capital Territory) to Lakes Entrance (Victoria).

The video starts, leaving the industrial area of Cooma, New South Wales which is about 110km from Canberra. I then head through Nimmitabel, take the Old Bombala Road (dirt) and then go through Bombala (not shown). It is then a blast southwards, over the border into Victoria and then into Cann River (not shown) which is just about on the Victorian coastline.

Car is a 2005 Ford Falcon Wagon, camera is a GoPro Hero4 shooting 1 frame per second and music is from the Boards of Canada.