Where the Winds and Whales Blow

Photo of the tail of a humpback whale about to go underwater. Humpback Whale Fluke © Diana McPherson
Humpback Whale Fluke © Diana McPherson

By Diana McPherson

Whale watching brings great joy and awe to most spectators. I remember my first time on a whale watching boat, seeing a humpback whale. As it broke the ocean’s surface, the explosive exhalation sprayed water high into the air. Its black back drifted across the water, revealing its knobby dorsal fin. Suddenly its back curved and the massive fluke lifted up into the air, water pouring off the fin, slowly disappearing beneath the ocean surface. I was instantly filled with awe and love.

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