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Whales: They are Big and Beautiful

Sidney Drabkin

Posted on August 20, 2019 16:04

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If you ever get a chance to go whale watching, go for it.

Just before school started this year, we decided to spend several days in and around Monterey, California. The last time I was in Monterey was when I got drafted into the Army. That's when I spent six-weeks at Fort Ord for basic army training. 

I did not recognize the area since it had changed quite a bit. Fort Ord is not there anymore; there are only tourist attractions and a Navy Officer’s Graduate Training School. 

We drove down to Monterey from Fremont, California in 104-degree temperature, until we got close to Monterey where the temperature dropped to around 80.

There was a car show and car auction going on for the weekend; most of the expensive cars had been driven around the area before they were auctioned off.

When we arrived in Monterey, we had lunch and then went on to the Monterey Aquarium to see if they still had a great white shark. We were told that they did not. The one they used to have had, unfortunately, died. For some reason a great white shark does not last long in captivity. 

We took a tour of the aquarium and were amazed at their exhibits. For example, there was a fish that looked like a solid piece of granite rock. The only reason you could tell it was alive was the fact that it was swimming around.

Most of the exhibits were from the Monterey area, and they were very colorful. It was kind of sad to see the penguins, though. It was that time of the year, we were told, when they lose their feathers and grow new ones, but it was enjoyable to see how they swim.

We intended to spend about an hour at the aquarium, but ended up spending about four hours, as the exhibits were so engaging. Since we were going whale watching in the morning, we found a motel and watched television until we fell asleep. 

We got up early as we had to be at the tour boat by 9:00 am. On the way out to see the whales, there were several types of birds flying around that were interesting to watch. As fish came to the top of the water, these birds would swoop down and pick something off of their scales.

When we got to the whale watching boat they were already waiting for us. It took about two hours to arrive at the area where the whales were swimming. We saw about six whales jumping around. It's amazing to see several tons of whale coming out of the water, flying in the air, and landing without making much of a splash.

It was getting late and fog was coming in, so we headed back to shore. What a beautiful weekend we had. If you ever get a chance to go whale watching, take it. It's well worth the trip. 

Sidney Drabkin

Posted on August 20, 2019 16:04

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