Sunday, August 10, 2014

Under the Blue Whale

This big guy swept up on the Gaviota Coast in 1980 and his skeleton has become a Santa Barbara icon. Chad, as he is affectionately known, is 74 feet long and once weighed 140,000 lbs.  Chad was a 10-year-old Blue Whale when he met his demise.   He was one of two thousand Blue Whales who swim down the California coast every summer from the Arctic to reach more tropical waters for breeding.  Along the way each Blue will eat 8,000 pounds of krill every day and provide a sightseeing extravaganza for us tourists as they swim, jump, feed and blow out those 30-foot geysers of sea water.

Whale watching boats go out every day from May through September from the Ventura Harbor, but because there is no guarantee of seeing a Blue Whale on any particular day, I always send out of town guests to the Natural History Museum to visit Chad.  Blue Whales are the largest mammals on earth and can live to be 90 years of age.  Although it doesn't compare to seeing the real deal, I always get the chills when I visit good old Chad.  He's a beauty of a beast!

Sharing with my friends at Patti's Visible Monday.  If any of you are in Santa Barbara this summer, please try to get out to the Channel Islands.  Humpbacks can also be seen this time of year.  I promise you'll have a whale of a good time.  (Sorry.  I couldn't resist!)


  1. That's an awesome skeleton. I was just reading about Beluga whales today -- apparently they can mimic human speech! Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, you look fab and I love your hat.

  2. You look so fresh in your blue tones, and what a great idea for a photoshoot!

  3. That is a very neat skeleton and info on the whales. Love that you took pics there. The blue is a great color on you, love the slim pants as well
    from the link up,

    please stop by, jess