The title says it all: there is a Grey Whale skeleton that has been turned into a monument on the beach here in Long Beach.
Considering how far this skeleton is from the actual water, it must have been quite a storm that put it here (assuming of course that human hands didn't put it here - which obviously is the case! - otherwise it wouldn't have interpretive signs and a monument walkway and a chain around it).
Three signs are provided. Two provide information about the Grey Whales that are seen off the coast of Washington.
This skeleton is jealously guarded by the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which owns the whale skeleton. Touching the Whale Skeleton may cause a fine of up to $10,000 as stated on the warning signs near the skeleton. This is the third sign at the skeleton (see photo 4).
So, you can look, but please don't touch! Unless you either gain permission from NOAA or have some very deep pockets.....
How to Get Here:
The Whale Skeleton is located along the beach, just north of 10th Street S., (Sid Snyder Drive). From Highway 103 head west on this road. You can get to the skeleton from either the boardwalk (see my Boardwalk tip) that runs north from this location, or the discovery trail (see my %L[http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/1a9eda/Discovery Trail tip). However, be aware that if you take the discovery trail the bike traffic is very heavy in this area in the summer months. However, if you take the boardwalk you will find that the access to the Whale Skeleton requires going down stairs.
There is an observation deck on the boardwalk at this location with several picnic tables and benches. It is the most popular of the decks on the boardwalk.
This sculpture was created from a piece of driftwood sticking out of the sand. It is located next to the Discovery Trail (see my Discovery Trail Things to Do Tip), just south of where this beach trail crosses 10th Street Southwest.
The sculpture is about average human height, and it seems to be a favorite for a number of families to stop and take photos of their children standing in front of.