On December 27, 2017, a juvenile fin whale was found dead near Pier T in Long Beach.  There was debate as to how to get rid of the carcass, but ways could be found by looking back into Long Beach’s past. Would you pay to see a dead whale?  Folks back in 1911 would, paying 25 cents ($6.50 in today’s money) for that honor.  Back then seeing a whale, even a dead one, was quite a novelty. As many as 2500 would flock to Long Beach to catch a glimpse of one of the leviathans captured by Captain John D. Loop, who vowed to resurrect the whaling industry in Southern California.  When he harpooned a whale he would place them on a big barge and tow them to the Pine Avenue Pier for exhibition.  To give visitors a good view, Captain Loop connected a rubber tube, connected with the pump of his ship, to the lungs of the whale, which allowed the body to float on the surface.              The public had to come quickly to view these wonders of the sea, because they would only be there for a limited time.  There was the problem of the stench, you see.  But you needn’t worry too much, for Captain Loop would be sure to take you to the side the wind was blowing from, so the odor would be hardly noticeable.  Not so pleasant, however, for those living downwind from the rotting carcass.  A week at the most was all locals could stand before city officials would order the remains towed out to sea or cut up for fertilizer.  In making fertilizer, Loop cut the leviathan into pieces and then cooked it.  The flesh was […]