Icelandic Black Tailed Godwit
As I write this i'm about to leap into my car and drive 160km to view a carcass. Sounds wierd? The carcass is that of a killer whale or orca. News filtered out on twitter.
As I write this i'm about to leap into my car and drive 160km to view a carcass. Sounds wierd? The carcass is that of a killer whale or orca. News filtered out on twitter.After a help with directions from @mermaidpress, Clare Scott, I turned off the Tramore to Dunmore East road reving in anticipation. I was in a hurry. The gloaming light was perfect for photography The sandy coastline whizzed by. News from @mernaidpress was that the whale was due to be removed by the council by 5pm.
Boom. I hit a pothole. Puncture. Alloy wheel jamed. I cursed my luck and limped back to Tramore. I must praise all the local people who stopped to help. Everyone I met was so firendly and helpful. Cars screeched to a halt to help on their way to see the Orca. People were excited about a whale carcass; A 'beautiful beast.
Defeated and a little depressed I returned to Dublin. On the bus I read an Irish times article about the stranding. It seems the carcass was removed for one scientific reason; to do an autopsy.
However, I was appalled to discover that a previous whale carcass had been mutilated and stood on. People had carved their names into the side of the cetacean. I wouldn't like to have asked for assistance from those people who acted so disgustingly. The people I met on my long day's journey were kind and considerate: respectful and helpful.
As Ghandi said
Be the good you want to see in the world
The current skeleton of this specimen will be hopefully preserved as a local piece of fabulous flotsam.
A special thanks to Clare Scott for directions, help and picture. Please read her wonderful blog at https://mermaidspurse.wordpress.com