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Life and Death on Copalis Beach

One of several small colonies of barnacles and whale lice living on a dead gray whale. I presume that these colonies are responsible for all of the circular white scars on the whale. Copalis Spit Natural Area, Copalis Beach, Washington, USA

 

More on whale lice: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whale_louse

 

The entire whale: www.flickr.com/photos/maddiemcwa/2467066176/in/set-721576...

 

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Taken on May 4, 2008