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February 4, 2013 / Rae Spencer

Humpback Whales

Whale Feb 3

Atlantic populations of Humpback Whales migrate past the Virginia coast each winter, but I’ve never been fortunate enough to see one of these marvelous animals. Until yesterday.

Whale Feb 3

I’ve been promising myself a whale watching cruise for years, then finding excuses to put it off. Too expensive. Too cold. Too nervous around crowds and boats. Yesterday, a group of friends helped me overcome excuses and nerves.

We met at the Virginia Beach Fishing Center, where we boarded a boat for one of the Virginia Aquarium’s Winter Wildlife Boat Trips.

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A short time later… whales!

Whale Feb 3

Whale Feb 3

Whale Feb 3

I don’t know how many whales we saw during our two hour boat ride. Maybe two, maybe six. Maybe more?

Whale Feb 3

Whale Feb 3

Whale Feb 3

Whale Feb 3

Whale Feb 3

I can’t imagine a more thrilling adventure. Treasured friends; a mesmerizing, constantly changing horizon; and these magnificent, mysterious creatures.

Horizon Feb 3

Horizon Feb 3

Once again, I find myself adrift in happiness. There are no words complex enough to express this joy, no photos real enough. There is only this middle-aged flesh and quickened breath, this tempest of unfocused inspiration. Some quiet day in the future there may be a poem, but for now there is only euphoria.

Whale Feb 3

4 Comments

  1. Sara Lier / Feb 4 2013 9:41 PM

    That’s incredible! You are very lucky.

  2. viewsfromasmallisland / Feb 7 2013 1:33 PM

    Looks like a great experience. Having seen whales in the Azores I know it is just fabulous and they were so close to shore too.

  3. Gillian / Feb 7 2013 8:50 PM

    I went whale-watching in the Bay of Fundy while visiting Nova Scotia one year. It was a phenomenal experience. Glad you managed to get out and enjoy one too!

    • Rae Spencer / Feb 7 2013 9:33 PM

      The Bay of Fundy is on my “must see” list!

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