So refreshing. I’m grateful to D.K. McCutcheon, and a little envious too, for having written and updated his Whale Winds piece, which to me read like a classic, and comes to us via the hard-working Identity Theory.
Highly recommended. Just take a look at this.
I suddenly know where the odd sea-monster drawings in the museums come from. I see these creatures that I am just beginning to recognize as individuals—Mauveen and Knottyhead, Kleenex, Punctuation, and the high-spirited Admiral our tail-stirrer—and they’ve turned into incomprehensible beings simply by opening their mouths.
…"Now I know why their tails are so big!" Marilyn says softly, "They have to be incredibly powerful to push that mass of water forward, like dragging a bucket over the side when the boat is moving."
And here’s a recent picture of Admiral, the right whale matriarch of Maine waters. it’s dated last April 7th, and is the last known picture of her.