In honour of World Oceans Day (how they need our help!), I thought I’d respond to this week’s “Fleeting” WP Photo Challenge with a sort of time-lapse of a whale I once saw.
We were maybe a mile out at sea; my face in rictus from glee – for the last twenty minutes or so the whales had been playing with us. Just over there, a couple flapped their flippers at me, beckoning look! look! One drifted off, doing a few back flips and that elegant dive (banner shot, above), surfacing right here, beside the boat – flapping its flipper to begin a tail spin, just to show off. After spinning and rising out of the water a good metre or so, quick as a flash – as if it were a trapeze artist, flying high in the air – it just seemed to let go, and disappeared. No whale – just viscous water and a few water molecules dancing in the sunlight! The “official” photographs of that morning off the Sunshine Coast, Queensland – one of the most thrilling mornings of my life – were posted in honour of last year’s Oceans Day. (I should try to get something new for next year!)