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A dead humpback whale washed up at Newport beach today. Apparently it died out at sea and the current washed it into the ocean swimming pool overnight. I didn’t find out about it till after dinner and couldn’t decide weather to go take photos of it or not. I had been meaning to try and get a whale photograph for this site but I was not expecting it to be like this. I thought perhaps it would be a bit gruesome.

I decided to go up anyway, I was expecting to be on the beach by myself but was quite surprised to see about 100 people come to have a look. Perhaps some peoples curiosity was a bit macabre, but I think most people were in awe of this huge 30 tonne animal. I think it is very sad whenever an animal dies, especially one like this. They are not usually given this much respect by people though and that is the story here. For me that is encouraging.

This image is part of my personal photo per day project.
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The aim is to take 1 photo a day and publish it on

This would be a huge undertaking for most people, but even more so for me. For the last 2 years I have suffered from chronic fatigue (cfs, me, cfids, etc) and while I am far better than I have been, some days I know I won’t be able to get out of bed, many more I won’t leave the apartment

I hope this will assist in my recovery by forcing me out on days when I can manage it, and keeping me creative on days that I can

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  • 1randomredhead
    1randomredheadabout 2 years ago

    I love how you have approached this scene, and have captured the sense of ‘buzz’ shared by the people on the beach, with their shared fascination with the dead whale. There is some magical light around that poor whale too, great image :-)

  • Thanks! It is was a bizarre feeling really, the interest in the animal mixed with the sadness of it all. They were hoping it would float out to sea at high tide but unfortunately some poor people had to spend today cutting it up and taking it away.

    – David O'Sullivan

  • laruecherie
    laruecherieabout 2 years ago

    Terrfic image!

  • Cheers, and thanks for the feature :-)

    – David O'Sullivan

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