Blue Whales Singing in The Deep Blue Sea
This past summer Blue Whales followed currents, krill and fish to the Pacific Coast. We don't often get the chance to see Blue Whales here on the Pacific Coast, so it was very exciting to watch these beautiful, immense creatures. Marine life is a favorite genre in creating our jewelry here at All Animal Jewelry. It's important to be able to observe the creatures we re-create in miniature sculptures as jewelry in addition to utilizing close-up photographs of specific features. Seeing is one thing, but on this adventure we had the awesome experience of HEARING the Blue Whales sing!
My daughter's husband, Damien, and I took off out of San Diego harbor in a small craft with a very shallow draft. This proved to be providential being so close to the water. About 10 miles out we came upon our first Blue Whales; they are so long, up to 100 feet, that their movement through water is elegant. Damien pipes up with an intriguing question: "Can you hear the whales under water?" Well, of course, recordings of whale song, especially the humpback whale, is pretty well known. However, his question had meaning and I was on the same page....could WE hear the whales right now? The captain for our little vessel couldn't have guessed what happened next: Damien, at midships, put his head in the water and, as the little boat bobbed about, I anxiously waited. At last he pulled up. "Well," asked the captain. ""You bet! Of course!" I was so excited, but at that very moment the captain engaged the engine and off we went following the whales out to sea.
Soon we found a small pod of several Blue Whales. Damien came to the bow and asked if I'd like to hear the whales. Of course! However, the captain said it was time to go and we came about ant set out for the distant harbor. Soon, however, there were more whales and he slowed. I looked over my right shoulder and saw he was cutting the engines. I looked over my right and saw Damien half submerged, again! Not wanting to disturb Damien's experience, I went over the side but I was at the bow so there was some distance between me and the water. I wrapped a leg and a wrist through the lines and over I went. Damien looked up in time to see me going in and, thinking I had abandoned all inhibition and was actually going swimming, he was soon at my legs hanging on. I was happily upside down and head first in the Pacific. As the boat bobbed and I was able I'd call out assuring them I was fine; they were not assured.
Letting go of all other experience, concentrating on the sounds from the ocean, there came from far away an eerie sound that gradually built to a beautiful string of sustained notes that tapered off only to begin again. I was hearing BLUE WHALES SINGING in the deep blue sea! It was such an exciting moment and I am so glad to have shared it with Damien. Cursory research into blue whales has yielded that their song is gradually lowering in pitch. We heard a higher pitch than the recordings I've listened to online. Perhaps there were other whales unseen by us, perhaps not. If you find yourself in San Diego, the best whale watching is done in small boats. I like Adventure RIB Rides the best...have a great time!