I returned Sunday evening from a shoot to a ripe smell breezing off Ocean Beach, which reminded me of my seafaring assignments on fishing and lobster boats during my newspaper days. Early Monday morning we grabbed our bikes and headed toward the beach to discover the carcass of a mid-adult whale. Later I returned to continue photographing the discovery. Marine biologists are uncertain of the exact species until further testing, however they speculate that it could be an endangered fin or sei whale found deep in the Pacific Ocean. Its been reported that fin whales have been spotted recently around the Farrallon Islands, 30-miles off the coast of San Francisco. For further reading, click here. Click through the slideshow below and read the cutlines.