What causes whales to swim towards shore and strand themselves on land? It’s a mystery that scientists have been studying for years. On May 28th, 1963 a 56 foot Finback whale swam into the Brewster Flats. A team from the Woods Hole Oceanographic institution pushed off in an eight foot pram and herded it into deeper what. Unfortunately their efforts were in vain. The whale swam around the pram and drove itself back into the shallows where it eventually died. The photograph for postcard shown above was taken by John Schram and the postcard was published by Cape Cod Photos. There are many mysteries in life and a mystery novel set on the tip of Cape Cod in Provincetown has people talking and waiting for a sequel. Remaining in Provincetown by S.N. Cook available online and at your favorite bookstores, “captures the characters and places perfectly” says one online reader review. Check it out for yourself. Like us on Facebook and keep the conversation going!
The above postcard sent from Provincetown, Massachusetts to Woodbridge, Connecticut in August 1968, when it cost five cents to mail a postcard, doesn’t say when the Finback whale was stranded. Looking at the buildings, the location is the East End of town, not too far from Dyer and Washington Streets. It’s when you see all the people gathered around that you start to comprehend the immense size of the whale. It’s very sad. One of the largest baleen whales,
adult Finback whales can reach an average size of 60 feet and weigh close to 50 tons. Scientists estimate the Finback whale and other large baleen whales have life spans of about 60 to 70 years. Walking along the beach, one never knows what you will find. A clue to a mystery, perhaps or some insight into why whales beach themselves. If the newspaper in Remaining in Provincetown, The Provincetown Observer were real, it would have been a front page story. The publisher and editor Roze Silva, however, finds other things that will make headlines. What’s everyone talking about? Check it out by reading the book, available at local bookshops and online in trade paperback and as an ebook. Like us on Facebook and join the conversation.