The trio walked to the beach. Shouts roared over the rumble of the surf. They sprinted down the wooden-planked walkway over the dunes and stopped short.
Down by the water’s edge, a huge whale had washed up, and people swarmed around like bees on flowers.
“Holy cow! How the heck did a whale get here?” Leah pointed.
“Maybe someone caught it,” Hayley said.
Nicole let out a long sigh. “Get real. How could anyone catch something so big?”
The lifeguards had their arms extended and attempted to move the crowd back. The tallest lifeguard said, “People, please stay back. The authorities will arrive to examine the whale and determine the cause of death within the hour. We think the whale must have died at sea and washed ashore.”