In April, we usually bid farewell to the humpback whales that spend the winter off our islands. I say usually because their arrival and departures are guided by their own internal clocks rather than the calendar.
It’s hard for me to describe the thrill I feel watching whales in our waters. They’re huge – the size of a school bus – and yet they can launch almost their entire bodies out of the water to create a spectacular crashing splash. Naturalists believe that there are a lot of reasons for that behavior, including the simple desire for fun. It’s always a joy when the first sighting is reported, and as the sightings become fewer and farther apart there’s a sense of sad farewell.
- Oh Whale stamp set
- Bashful Blue and Wild Wasabi FFIP
- Happy Whale Clearlits die
- Rhinestone jewels
I suppose I could have hand-trimmed the whale image, but why would I do that when there’s a Clearlit that will save me the trouble?