While I didn’t actually see the tails of the whales yesterday, I did see the whales they were attached to. I also saw plenty of dolphin tail!
Remember last year when I kayaked with the whales? I caught a crab with my GoPro, too. The humpbacks are back as are the Atlantic white sided dolphins, too. They were gone when I went out with my kayak last year. They were here in full force this year! They are stunningly amazing creatures. I was so happy to get out with them. I really hope we get some more calm days soon so that DW can join me next time.
Yep. I was that close. They swam right under my kayak. Next time I’ll try to get some underwater shots of them, too.
Here’s the video montage of my whole trip. That’s the DFO (Department of Fisheries and Oceans) that I talk to. There was concern that the humpbacks may have been tangled in something because they hadn’t shown their fluke as in previous years. The DFO was kind enough to explain it to me the reason why…
Nanny gave the boys some Halloween cookies last weekend. They weren’t your normal cookie though; they were undecorated and came with all the tricks to decorate them yourself.
I divided the cookies. I divided the icing and sprinkles and candy spheres. Then I let them work play. And play they did. Bang’s spheres were rolling away and Crash laughed when I told Bang to grab his balls.
I wanted to step in and help.
I wanted to step in and tell Bang that not all of the icing goes right in the middle.
I wanted to step in get him to spread the icing.
I wanted to step in and make him decorate the cookies in a recognizable way.
These weren’t my cookies. They weren’t mine to decorate. They contained the mess to the cookie sheets so I kept my sound hole shut. They weren’t yelling at each other. They weren’t fighting over stupid, mundane things. They weren’t annoying each other just for the sake of pissing each other off. They weren’t driving their parents absolutely mental.
They were complimenting each other’s decorations. They were speaking kindly to one another. They were asking politely for what they needed from each other. Afterward they even shared their cookies with each other and with their lucky mom and dad. Bang gave away 2 of his own cookies. OF HIS OWN ACCORD!
These cookies are magic. I need to buy more of these magic cookies. They tasted pretty good, too. Good enough to eat.
On another note…
DW saw a few postings on FB that there was a whale sighting just five minutes down the road from us (the whale was in the strait, not on the road). We grabbed the kids, grabbed the camera, and took off. There were some porposes playing nearby. Many dozens of them. They were a joy to watch, but they were farther off shore and tough to see clearly. However, it was a chance sighting on several other accounts. We have seen whales in this area before, but they were pilot whales, also called blackfish. This time it was a humpback whale. We were thrilled to see his white fin. You can imagine our surprise then when we saw him breach. He would rocket straight up out of the water, flop over and splash a splash equal to that of Bang in the tub. In DW’s nearly 40 years of living here, she’s never see the likes of a whale breaching in this area. It was amazing to watch as he breached 3-4 more times. DW snapped a few shots, but with the humpback being far away, they turned out blurry. However, a gentleman nearby got some great shots.