This unfortunate humpback whale was discovered tangled in log booms in Shelton in late August 1930. When attempts were made to tow it away, it twice escaped from its captors, but finally succumbed to multiple bullets and harpoon strikes. Some 10,000 spectators traveled to Shelton and then to Point Defiance, where the rotting carcass was exhibited. Photograph selected and captioned by Deborah Ross on behalf of the Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum. More information is available at olympiahistory.org. Vibert Jeffers photograph, 1930, Susan Parish Collection, Southwest Regional Archives
Unfortunate humpback whale – 8/21/16
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