October 14, 2014

“A whale washed upon shore and we were startled by the phosphorescent suds glistening atop the carcass. It seemed that the whale had been turned inside out, its fatty layers exposed to clean, circulating air, but we were convinced that the change had happened only moments ago. There was a stink that hung around the whale, a putrid stench that wavered like haze around it, and several people approached the whale, then immediately backed away, hands cupped over flared nostrils and puckered mouths, faces faint with green sickness. They nearly vomited but were able to catch themselves before the retching became more.”

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