A Whale's Tale
by R.U. Kidding
One fine morning during whale season on the ‘Big Island’ of Hawaii, the water was particularly
calm and my friend Terry and I were watching whales way offshore. Terry
and I meet many mornings and await anxiously for the dolphins to appear. This day we
hopeful to finally swim with a whale. We swam much further than we usually do and waited
listened for the whales. Treading water we were getting tired and cold so we swam back
listenning to the whale songs as we swam…. After warming up Terry swam back out but I
to leave when two new friends appeared. They wanted to swim out and I was not sure of
swimming skills so I joined them…..We swam and swam. To me the whale songs seemed more
distant and as we awaited I said " I don’t think we will see a whale today."
Well, the exclamation point on that sentence, ten feet behind my head, was the swooshing
of a whale blowing out its spout. We were all stunned as the whale stared at us with
eye and then it slowly submerged. Looking at it under the surface slowly heading towards
about 15 feet deep, the scene resembled the docking sequence in the beginning of 2001.
surreal than real; I wondered what I would do if it were to suddenly surface? It was so
seemed to mysteriously propel itself without moving its huge body. We were all
speechless as it
departed into the depths.
Here we are years later and on most mornings one can find at least one of us on the
waiting. That's how I plan to start Earthday '99................