Whales, we talk about them, we sometimes spot then in the distance. For to many a land lubber, it’s just a huge beast far away on the horizon. Some of us watch them in awe as they play, roll, leap, splash in their many displays and some of us dream to know the beast better.
They are mysterious in their own right, for when they take to the oceans unknown to us, deep into the blue; we can only be left wondering. Do they sing the same songs, do they respond differently to nature out there or do they stay the same?
But, when they are here and you get the opportunity to see them up close and you watch and learn, it becomes surreal. These massive knobbly creatures that indulge in play, as if they are merely children and drops in the sea, can leave you giggling while watching.
When they launch their enormous bodies into the air as if ballerinas on their début nights, they come across weightless. Lifting their tails to wave goodbye in a speed that only a racing driver can understand, only to pop up unexpectedly next to you, baffles the mind I must say. And then they blow and sing sounds that you will never listen to on a radio, but out here on the ocean, it’s the most beautiful thing you’ll ever hear.
They grunt and growl, deep rumbles, do they want to tell us something? Sky-hop to take a better look, how curious they are….
The distances they travel to breed, mate, and feed we will never travel in our lifetime and talk about eating politely, plankton, imagine how you must eat to feed that body. They add to the oceans health, part of the delicate balance that we live in. No one taught them how. They just knew. Imagine if we can learn to talk in song, to feed ourselves with only what we need and to not need more. They are huge but not greedy, they are huge and yet graceful… surely we can learn something from them.