Photo taken from @kellyslater’s Insta with the quote: “Anyone for a surf at Trestles? Im sure that #BeachedWhale oil should keep the crowds to a minimum coming into summer! Sketchy. Great white sightings sure seemed to coincide with the burying of a whale 15+ years back by Trails. Not saying they weren’t around before then but they’ve been sniffing around the area consistently since then. I wonder if they can/will tow this thing back out to sea before it completely decays in the rocks or do a necropsy on it. Anybody know? Can’t help but think this (washing up right in the middle of #Lowers) is Karma for humans possibly having some part in this whale’s death and the whale sending us a message we can’t help but have a look at. A mile or two south and we probably wouldn’t take nearly as much notice. Good summer to surf the wave pool.”
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.