Guarding the Whales

One’s sense of smell becomes heightened at the seaside.

Last week, when I smelled a temporary ‘fishy’ scent, I knew that the little fish called capelin were here.

Each year, the tiny fish roll up onto the beaches to spawn. This process is short, and it signals the arrival of the whales, who chase and eat them.

Soon, we expect to see these giant mammals splashing in the ocean behind our house !

And then, our job of ‘watching the whale watchers’ begins.

We have a large spotting scope, a specialty item ordered from Russia, set up in our kitchen.

Using this, we can watch the whales, and observe the tour boats, and we report the vessels who get too close to the whales, and those who chase the whales.

Whales don’t deserve to be harassed !

Unfortunately we’ve had to report harassment to the Department of Oceans and Fisheries a few times, and the tour boats operators have been warned to stay a respectable distance away from the whales.

May God show us the part we all can play in protecting his precious creation.

Photo courtesy of Jim Walsh

19 thoughts on “Guarding the Whales

  1. I must confess Sally I am a bit envious of your location and the beauty that you see from your window. From my window I see my front garden and a carpark, I would certainly love to be watching whales! πŸ˜‰
    I salute you and your husband for being guardians of these majestic creatures, may our Father God smile on you as you serve Him faithfully in this important work.

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    1. Thanks, Alan, for your kind comment.
      I also admire your garden for the beautiful birds that visit you.
      There are many varieties of beauty in God’s creation.
      Let us continue to praise Him for all of his marvellous gifts. πŸ€—

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  2. Thank you Sally for the nurturing spirit you have for Gods animal’s! It doesn’t get any better than to live by the water and to have the added bonus of whales. Blessings Always.
    Julia

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    1. Thanks, Julia. We grow in affection for the whales as we see them jumping high in the air when they are happy.
      They also are quite vocal in communicating with each other. πŸ€—βš˜

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  3. This is wonderful, Sally. You and your husband are like Sheep Dogs of the seaβ€”looking out for the whales!

    Being concerned for the well being of others is an idea that runs like a golden thread through your writings. This is one reason I enjoy your blog!

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    1. Hi !
      There are about 22 species of whales that visit Newfoundland.
      This is a Humpback whale. Every summer over 10,000 of these huge mammals travel up the coast of NL to feed. πŸ˜„βš˜

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  4. I have never had opportunity to see a whale. A long distance away would be fine with me. What a blessing for such a view. I have only flown over your area on a sunny day at 30,000 feet. Beautiful rugged coastline

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    1. Thanks, Barb. When the whales get angry, which they do when tour boats get too close, they slap their huge tails on the water, making a loud banging noise.

      The boat operators think that no one is watching them, but we are. 🌼⚘

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