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Wednesday, March 22, 2006
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“We might peer into the future at the generations yet unborn,

And ask ourselves if we're really trustworthy custodians of their heritage.

Do we have the right to tell them that they can never see a whale?”

David R. Brower



The gentle giants of the Pacific are on the move

Their annual Spring migration has recently begun

Having personally gone to the coast to watch them

I can tell you that Giant Watching can be tons of fun


These are extremely fascinating creatures of the sea

Many whale watchers report them to be very friendly

Since they often allow us to touch and observe them

An astounding fact that has always filled me with glee


They spend the winter months in sunny Mexico

Where the females give birth and nurture their young

Each Spring they soon begin their long journey to Alaska

As they travel up the coast their whale songs so joyously sung


Theirs is one of the longest mammal migrations

Still existing on our ancient Mother Earth today

These gentle giants travel over 12,000 miles each year

Following nature’s very simple edict to live love and play


Female gray whales can be 45 feet long

And weigh as much as 70,000 pounds

New born calves weigh in at two tons

One of the largest mammal babies around


These very friendly Gentle Gray Whale Giants

Were almost hunted to complete extinction twice

In 1946 efforts were finally taken to protect them

And the fact they are still with us I find quite nice



©2006, Ed Kostro



The only member of the family Eschrichtiidae, the gray whale is a baleen whale and a bottom feeder. Its back and sides are usually covered with both barnacles and sea lice.  And these Gentle Giants migrate along the North American Pacific Coast every year - journeying between icy arctic seas and warm tropical lagoons.


Frequently visible from shore on these annual migrations, gray whales provide a unique opportunity for both land and boat observation, and commercial whale watching has now become a major industry along their ancient migration routes.  And their observers sometimes even encounter the marvelous phenomenon of the ‘friendlies’ - gray whales that actually approach small boats of admirers and allow themselves to be touched by we humans.


The first time these gentle giants almost became extinct was in the 1850s.  That's when whalers discovered their breeding lagoons down in Mexico; then again at the turn of the 20th century. In 1946, with their numbers severely dwindling, international laws were finally passed to protect them.


These Gray Whales make an extraordinarily long migration from the Arctic ocean to the Baja peninsula off Mexico, and back again each year.  They travel about 12,500 miles a year, always staying very near the coastline on their wondrous journeys.


They feed in the cold arctic waters, and mate and calve in the warm protected tropical lagoons off Baja, Mexico.


At one time, there were three gray whale populations on Earth: a north Atlantic population, now extinct, the tragic victims of over-hunting; a Korean or western north Pacific stock that is now extremely depleted, also from over-hunting; and the eastern north Pacific population described above - the largest surviving population of these very intriguing and very gentle Giants of the Sea.


And I, for one, truly hope they remain with us for a very long time to come.



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Reviewed by Ed Matlack
Most of man should be extinct, hopefully long before these graceful creatures end their existence on our planet...ed
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
Wonderful informative write Eddie!!

Love Tinky
Reviewed by J. Allen Wilson
I too hope that we will be good stewards of what God has given us. Its a shame that greed has destroyed so much...enjoyed this ED.
Reviewed by Carole Mathys
I too love these gentle creatures, I wrote a poem last year on the humpback whale, and once had the privilage of seeing some at sea. Beautiful writing Ed
love and peace, Carole
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter
I love the ocean and it's living inhabitants. The whales have me in awe watching for the slightest breaking of the waves. It's an honor for me to be in their prescence and I am grateful to still see them. By the grace of man they live but by the fowl deeds of man their future is dim. This why we must do our part to keep the harmony with our world. Thanks for this beautiful reminder that these giants depend on us.

Thank you!
Reviewed by A PAX
when my daughter was little I bought her this book called
When The Wales Go By
she used to love it......I must have read it to her 100 times!
And all of the info in your poem was in the book

yes they are amazing of the few dinosaurs left on the planet :)
pax A
ps...ty for stopping by
Reviewed by jude forese
i once saw a whale out at Montauk, Long Island ... majestic and awesome creatures ... you capture their plight and state of being wonderfully ...
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner

I've never seen a whale, but would love to. Dolphins are the closest I've ever witnessed, and they're not even close in size or majesty. although they're gorgeous, too. Beautifully written and imaged, well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Crystal Silver Angel (Reader)
(((( Ed )))) you have incredible passion for Gods beauty. Personaly I feel a very deep extremly powerful connection to the whale kingdom.. Dolphins, manatees, all of them, I love em all.. I am praying daily for the earths life will be done according to the universes will.. This is a beautiful write and yes, whales are so filled with love from Almighty...

love joanne
Reviewed by L. Figgins
Oh Ed, once on a ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge I witnessed the miracle of a whole school of whales in the sea! Many have become extinct because of pollution and harvesting, such as the Blue whale.
Do you know the song, "Big Blue" by Gordon Lightfoot? A haunting reminder of what once was. We owe a debt of care to these gentle giants. As always, a wonderful and informative write...

Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher
We, too, hope that they will remain with us for a very long time to come. They are very beautiful animals, and absolutely fun to watch! Thanks for adding your informative footnote!
Birgit and Roger
Reviewed by Jennifer Butler
Moe be Dick. Moe, Curly, and Larry. :) I don't think whales simply cry. I think they wail.
Reviewed by Helen Downey
What an informative write! I enjoyed reflecting upon the times I was able to watch them. Thanks for the memories.
Reviewed by E T Waldron
Yes Ed they will survive as long as we do, I'm sure of it. I too have seen them and it was the thrill of a lifetime to be so close to almost but not quite touch it. I can imagine how you felt when you touched one!;-)Excellent write!

In that lake tahoe cavern I saw your spirit bear oh great ed of the myths;-)

tiger lily
Reviewed by George Carroll
Exceptional write Ed as always.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Wonderful write and info; very well done, Ed! BRAVO~

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D

When I first saw the title, I thought it was about Maine Coons! *grins*
Reviewed by Only A Poet
wonderful write and information, enjoyed this Ed. what amazing creatures.
Reviewed by Peter Paton
Let's hope they never ever face extinction again, Ed
These magnificent mammals are not only extraordinarily intelligent, but also sensitive, and it is vital we have valid preservation Acts enforced to protect their precious numbers..
Thanks for the invaluable information and lowdown, keep us all well informed of what really matters in life !
Great quote and picture, crystallise the effect !
Reviewed by john zimmerman
thamks ed for the natural history lesson--i do hope they survive as long as the earth shall last

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