Image from nwifc on flickr.
The Squaxin Island Tribe invited visitors out to see the processing the remains of a dead Bryde’s whale last week. Both King 5 and the Seattle Times were on hand.
From the Seattle Times:
Here on this inlet in far South Sound, a visitor recently arrived from distant waters, and the Squaxin Island tribe did what their ancestors taught them: They welcomed an honored guest.
That the visitor was a dead whale made it the more important; that it was a Bryde’s whale, never before documented in these waters, clinched it.
“We felt very sure it was a gift from the Creator,” said David Lopeman, Squaxin tribal chairman. “And we were going to treat it right.”
More background on the stranding of the rare tropical whale can be found at Cascadia Research.