Never got around to posting these photos last summer, either. A gray whale beached itself twice on a beach just south of Everett (you can see Everett in the background of the pano photo) in July. It beached a couple times further north as well. Biologists thought he was pretty done for - whale's don't make that mistake that many times unless they're doing it on purpose - but amazingly he ended up swimming off back into the Puget Sound that summer, looking healthy and happy. Maybe he just had a cold?
To my surprise, honor and, honestly, delight, these photos were featured on the Boston Globe's Big Picture Blog in an "Animals in the News" post.