Friday, July 29, 2011

A Whale of a Day

It was a beautiful day for the whale watch. It was about 10:00am and the tide along the dock was high. We walked along Long Wharf down to the ferry that stood like a tall statue that reached out and said let's take a ride to an excursion of a life time. We entered on the Nora Vittoria with all the other people who were going to see a splendor site. The Ferry started out toward Stellwagen Bank were the whales were. It was about a 2 hour ride to the area. The boat slowed down and we knew at that moment we had arrived at our destination. The tour guide announcer started telling us about the regions largest inhabitant. She was telling us to shout out on different hours that indicated the aft and starboard side of the boat to locate the whales. I only saw two whales upon which one was the Humpback who was names Percy. These whales have board and rounded heads. There also a Minke which I wasn't sure of the his or her name, but could have been the one called Kajun. The tour guide announcer said that these whales feed on krill and small- shrimp crustaceans. Sometimes it was very hard to understand the announcer because the microphone, I think was to close to her mouth and it sounded like all words were jumbled together. It was very hard to see over all the tall people. But what I did see was a wonder to behold!! These mammals glided through the water like a big buoy that floats on top of the water.

Their names were given to them by the underside of there flukes which showed either a dark area, a one spot white area or a two spot white area which told the guide the name of the whale. At the very end of the day, going back to the dock, one of the whales put on a show that excited everyone on the boat. He leaped out of the water and down he went. He did this a couple of times and awed the crowd. I think he was putting on a show just for us knowing that we were leaving the area and saying thank you for coming to see us. This day will be planted in my mid forever. I hope someday soon in the near future, I will be able to revisit these wonders of the sea that brought joy to everyone that saw them.

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