The Rockport Finback Whale is Gone!

The Finback whale, formely known as the Rockport Whale, aka Finny, aka Stinky, is no more. Or at least he isn’t the Rockport Whale anymore. As of 11:35 PM last night Finny started heading out and was well clear of his rocky beach resting spot by midnight. He was last seen floating high in the water (well, high for a large rolling bag of whale innards), heading WNW at about 1.5 knots pushed by the prevailing winds of Hurricane Sandy from the ESE . The current will also head west for almost two hours after high tide (midnight), so there is nothing stopping Finny from becoming the Gloucester Whale.

The  waves are pretty decent size scouring the back side of Cape Ann so depending how Finny surfs he could be on Good Harbor Beach by morning. But I doubt it. He either gets hung up on the beach in front of the Cape Ann Motor Inn or he heads out to sea to be seen no more because the waves busted him apart.

So Sandy did a good deed during her lively visit to Cape Ann. She didn’t clear away too many leaves but she did remove twelve tons of stinky whale.

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9 Responses to The Rockport Finback Whale is Gone!

  1. Sharon says:

    Thanks for the info, Paul! :)

  2. Good news for Rockport anyway!

  3. SM says:

    Actually, it landed on Cape Hedge Beach! Saw it there this morning (Tuesday). Still Rockport’s whale….

  4. Anonymous says:

    It’s washed up on the Cove by long beach off smith st in rockport now!

  5. Is it still one piece? No fair tying an anchor to it before it clears customs into Gloucester.

    • tom says:

      think it will hang around till weekend. My niece wanted to go down she wants to be a marine bioligist and wanted to see close up

  6. Liz says:

    was at Cape Hedge a while ago – it was almost high tide – the whale was intact – high on the beach, moving a bit with each wave. .. the surf was surging dramatically . .. .we were hoping it would get carried back out to sea, but . . …. ??

    • I was the one with the white shirt and red cast just above the whale. Photos later. Finny isn’t going anywhere with the wind straight out of the south for the next few days as Sandy takes her time heading to Canada.

      Amazingly, Finny has lost a third of his weight but is very much intact. Tough old bag.

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