A 6-month old blue whale fetus lies in the rocks at Bean Hollow State Beach
A couple dozen people were there at the beach to see the carcass of the planet's largest animal. The stench of rotting whale was tremendous and soaked into my clothing and equipment. My carbon fiber tripod held onto the smell for the longest, requiring over 12 hours before the smell was gone.
Officials say that they are going to allow the enormous carcass to decompose naturally, so it could be there for a few more months.
**Update:** My friend Dave has [posted scans of a beached blue whale](http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidmerrill/sets/72157625146855716/) in Northern California from around 30 years ago.
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