What Do You Do with a Beached Whale?

Do any of you remember the news story of a beached whale in Florence, Oregon?

My son-in-law told me about it–he had learned about it way back in high school. We were talking about the Whale Museum in Nantucket–where there’s a fascinating story (and skeleton) of a sperm whale that had beached itself and died in Sconset in 1997.

This youtube clip dates to 1970…to a beached (very, very dead) whale in Florence, Oregon. I mean…what to do with a beached whale is a bit of a conundrum…but how the State Highway Patrol dealt with the Oregon whale…well, it was just…ridiculous! As you listen, note what happened to the seabirds! The very ones they had counted on to scavage the whale carcass.

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Chris Weigand says:

    Too funny, makes you wonder what some people are thinking. Or do they even really think.

  2. Heather H. says:

    I still couldn't quite figure out what happened to the birds. I felt bad for the car that was damaged. Next time that happens, maybe they could just roll it out to sea again… I dont' know.