In front of Red Reef Park, only a few steps into the ocean, there used to be a magnificent reef. It's not there at all now, at least not where you can see it. This reef was very beautiful, had so much life growing on it and swimming around it, it was one of the most stunning places to snorkle. But it's all dead and buried now.

A whale carcass washed up on the beach just south of Spanish River Boulevard. Started posting pictures of the washed up whale Thursday. By Friday it was common knowledge that it was a sperm whale, a sub-adult male according to the NOAA people responsible for the necropsy there on Boca's Spanish River Beach Saturday afternoon. It was finally dragged off the shore around 3:30 amid a crowd of at least a hundred people.

If you get around in Boca Raton today you'll notice a lot of new things: new restaurants, new shops, new offices. We've even got some new parks. It's hard to keep track of all the new stuff there is to do and see - a lot harder than when Boca was younger. Now it seems like new places come and go before there's a chance to visit and see what's offered.