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.