What has happened to me? I have become such a coward around giant mother whales.
I was swimming along the shore this morning when a mom and baby Humpback Whale began swimming toward me. The second I saw them, I ceased swimming and floated in place. Normally, I would continue floating there and let them check me out, but the last few times I've begun backpedaling as they approach.
My excuse is that it can't be good to risk coming between a mom and her baby, especially when they are giant wild animals. And whale calves are often very curious and a little too bold, sometimes swimming right up to me, which can make mom nervous. And protective.
So this morning, I turned onto my back and kicked gently away from them, taking photos between my legs as they passed by.
Game playing Spinner Dolphins accosted me during my ocean swim this morning.
Which normally would have been fine and dandy, but not today in such murky water (which begs the question: what was I doing swimming in murky water?). Fortunately, phrases in parentheses don't count and do not have to be answered.
Anyway, back to the murky water... Because visibility was so poor, I was repeatedly startled by dolphins suddenly appearing out of nowhere. And then they would swim a few meters away and completely disappear. Didn't their mothers ever tell then that it isn't polite to sneak up on people?
I saw white moving toward me during my ocean swim this morning and at first wondered if a big breaking wave was headed my way. Nope. It was a Humpback Whale calf swimming toward me on its side while slapping the surface of the water with its above-water pectoral fin. It then proceeded to roll onto its back while swimming away. Kids!
In all my years of swimming out deep, I've consistently noticed that Humpback Whales usually find me as I swim through murky (less than clear) water. This morning was no exception. I am amazed that my camera even caught these images since I could barely tell the whales were there. All I really saw was the bright white of the pectoral fin as it passed me by. So I aimed in that direction and kept punching the shutter button, and lucked out with these two photos.
It felt really good to get back into the ocean with the Maui Pink Cap Swimmers this morning. I thoroughly enjoyed our potluck brunch on shore after the swim. Thanks for the great omelets, Rich; and Happy Birthday to Linda and Farewell until next year to Bonnie.
As you know, due to my recent run-ins with tiger sharks, I have only been timidly swimming close to shore.
So imagine my surprise when three Humpback Whales swam up to me in shallow water this morning. As soon as I saw them coming, I stopped swimming and floated in place.
The mother whale was very curious, and I think she wanted to play. But how does one play with a giant? She swam up to me three times, each time closer than the previous pass, which made me very nervous. Every time she approached me, I quietly backed away until she finally seemed to get the message.
I'm a guy who likes to get out into the ocean several times each week and interact with the creatures I encounter there. I often swim with dolphins, sharks, rays, and whales. Check out my photos on my website: www.TropicalLight.com