We were led to this by the smell,
the skull of a relatively recently dead small whale. The
baleen which looks like the leaves of a book can be easily seen
and is still somewhat intact. This is what the whale uses as a
filter when feeding. What you can't get from this picture is a
sense of the awful smell of rancid and rotting blubber and the
coating of blubber on all the surrounding rocks where it was
presumably washed by the sea when the tide came in.
I was tempted to take some of the
baleen as a souvenir but was worried I may smell of it for the
rest of my life so didn't.
Air temp: +17º C Latitude: 65º 60' N Longitude: 52º 46' W
These are pictures
from a cruise to the High Arctic in August 2010, from Resolute
Bay Canada to Kangerlussuaq in Greenland.
Pictures copyright Paul Ward.
Pentax digital equipment.