It doesn’t happen often, seeing a whale up close to shore.
When it does, it is usually a bad sign.
Something is wrong.
They think the whale came into the bay
She is two-toned, metallic and grayish blue.
If you swam beneath her, looking up to the sky,
I imagine it would be a barley visible ghost that would cruise,
50km/hr over your back.
They are the fastest cetaceans, you know.
Looking down, from the bow of the ship that hit her,
Her dark skin probably blended into the water below.
A flying shadow.
I wonder if they felt it,
The short shudder
As the ship’s rudder
dug through her skull?
Maybe it didn’t even register.
If it did, what is running through their mind now,
With the news crews recording,
A job is a job.
These things happen.
That whale shouldn’t have been in the Bay,
The whale is just down the road from us. It is an odd feeling. Fascinating to see such a large animal up close, beautiful even. It is sad to see an endangered species washed up on the shore, dead.
Here is a piece from the local news..
Here are some photos I grabbed today.