Drum roll please.............. My brother Andrew, big shocker. Andrew correctly identified the splayed body as that of a beaked whale, and his pick is backed up by a recent report from May in New South Wales that confirms that beaked whales do come ashore once every blue moon.
In other whale news Tens and i spotted our first living whale (a boring run of the mill Orca) yesterday on what turned out to be an 8 hour fishing expedition from dawn to dusk. We were only supposed to go out until 2 pm but we didn't actually find a good spot until the end of the day when all sorts of stuff started flying into our boat, including an eel and a crazy little fish called a 'leather jacket' which croaked at us angrily when we pulled it up. Pictures will follow shortly, which reminds me I forgot to post the 2nd round of shots Tenny has meticulously logged on Flikr. If you haven't seen them already they can be found here: