What started out as a nice day at the beach took a different turn for these beach-goers. The last thing most people expect to see when they’re at the beach is a giant whale being washed up on the shores, but that’s exactly what happened on May 26, 2017. A 79-foot female blue whale washed up on Agate Beach in Bolina, California. The beachgoers all gathered around at the chance to see such a large, magical creature—and when news broke of the incident, hundreds flocked to the beach for a chance to catch a peek. Sadly, this whale has been hit by a ship a few days prior.