She had never seen
I had, however been observing her for some time. She moved
closer bringing the child with her. No fear. No reluctance. She urged
the child forward. As the child drew near I got down
on my knees and waited. Finally both mother and child were
I think that I held my breath as I reached forward and gently
ran my hand over the child’s head.
My first close
encounter with a 40 foot long 25 ton gray whale was beyond anything
that I had expected.
I was with
several friends and other folks that had come to the San Ignacio
Lagoon in Baja SurMexico
to get up-close and personal with the gray whale. We were aboard a
traditional Mexican fishing boat, the
A twenty foot long open boat with seating for twelve. Our
licensed driver/guide had carefully maneuvered the open craft close
to the basking gray whales that were here after their long migration
from the artic waters of Alaska. Here they
both mated and calved.
For over two
hours we were amazed and entertained by the whales.
oooh and Ahhaah
as they would come straight out of
the water and look around, then gently slid back into the
The guide called this spy-glassing.
watched as they breached, landing on their back with a great splash,
but the most amazing thing was how they related to us humans.
times during the afternoon we humans reached over the gunnel
of the small fishing boat and rubbed the head of both baby and
They would roll over on their side and that great eye would
look up at you belaying an intelligence that you could only imagine.
As the panga
skimmed across the water toward the Ecocenter where we had started
earler in the day,
I was wondering if momma whale was
saying to her child.
“Those were humans, a relative new
They are still learning.”
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