The scientific term for it is cetacean stranding, but the fact of the matter is that this is a natural phenomena. The very unnatural, and quite bizarre fact of the matter is that this particular whale that once called the Pacific coast its home has decided to lay to rest directly on the cobblestone point of Lower, Trestles.
Earlier on this easy Sunday, a whale reported to be upwards of 40 feet was seen nearing the shoreline just outside of our cherished San Clemente peak, until eventually docking itself in the shallows. There were no signs of abrasion, no marks from a boat, no traces of an attack by other marine predators – it seemed to be a natural death.
There are no reports as of yet on how this wonderfully massive mammal will be removed, but as history has shown, a certain grey-suited fish is known to follow in the wake of a carcass like this. Remember all those shark sightings off of Son Onofre not too long ago? Well, many blamed the rising presence in the area due to another dead whale that was buried on the beach over fifteen years ago.
Could we see a temporarily shark infested Lowers? Is this the crowd control that we’ve needed all along? As we round the corner into summer and south swells become the norm, there will be growing concern for all of these questions. The amount of effort that will go into properly handling this situation will surely be magnified due to the popularity of the wave, not to mention the healthy funding it provides for the state park system via permits. We’ll keep ya posted on what happens next, but if you have any suggestions on how to get this thing out of here, please feel free to leave them below.