Saturday, January 23, 2010
An Awe-Inspiring Encounter by Julie Cook
One of the whales seemed like it knew there was an audience and really "hammed" it up for those of us watching in awe. The show stopper splashed its flippers, raising itself high out of the ocean and flapped its tail at us. Everyone on the side of A1A just oohed and aahed. A lady next to me said she felt it was a mystical experience. It truly was. She was full of questions about where the whales came from, how long they would stay and why thy came. In my limited knowledge I tried to answer her questions as best I could. She thanked me and said she felt fortunate to meet me and to see and learn more about the Right Whales.
My groceries were none the worse for the wear and I came away from the experience so enriched and so touched by these gentle creatures and the miraculous way they brought strangers together on the side of a two-lane highway in Florida.
Note: Julie Cook is our first HD sector volunteer to see a whale this season. Watch on!