As I was reading up on the Gray whale, which appeared in my neighborhood under a rather
sad circumstances, I came upon an interesting bits of information about two critters closely
associated with the gentle giant. Since the chances that I could get a closer look at these
while the whale is alive and well, I took the opportunity to take a second look at dead whale
and indeed I found what I was looking for. The Gray whale barnacle and the Gray whale lice
which make the giant their exclusive home. I always thought that the barnacles I see on
swimming whales in the wild are the ordinary ones, that grow on pilings and rocks. Not so.
One of the barnacles on the beached is still alive, sixteen days after being stranded ...
Not many of the Gray whale lice remain, I guess they would get picked by birds fast ...
So far, there are not many scavengers visible around the site, Sunday I saw few eagles
on nearby trees, crows and seagulls are not interested, no crabs ... I will try to visit
the whale time to time and see how it progresses. I will keep you posted...