It looks like a puff of smoke on the ocean !
But then you look again, and you realize that the ‘smoke’ is really a spouting whale, and you know that the giant yearly visitors have arrived !
It is time for whale watching now, and we can see them clearly from our upstairs windows.
No one knows exactly why whales ‘breach’, or jump high out of the water. Scientists believe that either the giant mammals are playing, or, they are communicating to other whales that there is food nearby. Once a whale breaches, often other whales will appear too.
When they land on the water, they make a loud splashing sound.
This year, because of the lack of tourists, I don’t need to do my job of ‘Watching the Whale Watchers.’
I have witnessed, in years past, tour boats getting too close to the whales, and harassing them. There are fines, in Canadian waters, for approaching the whales too closely. I watch the sea through my binoculars, and report offending boats to fisheries officers.
Last year, I was part of a successful lobby, through which the Canadian government passed a law forbidding whales and dolphins to be kept in captivity.
Here, by the sea, one develops a great love for these giant mammals, and it is important to allow them their freedom.
The sea belongs to the Lord, and everything in it.
Let us pray that humanity will increase its desire to clean up the pollution in our oceans, and may we be always be thankful for the beauty that God has created for us to enjoy.
Photo courtesy of Silas Baisch on Unsplash.