Thomas and Humpback Whales

It was My Beloved’s birthday yesterday and along with our son Ben and his family and our daughter Stephanie we went to a beach a little south of Half Man Bay. We’d not been their before. I think it was called Dunes Beach. The weather was sunny and wonderfully cool.  The waves were large for our area and gorgeous. The beach wasn’t at all crowded. We got to to enjoy being with each other, and playing with our four year old grandson Thomas. As the Birthday Girl, My Beloved got to play all day with him, while his parents rested and napped. Parents of young children know what a rare and precious gift that can be. I got to enjoy it all while writing a key chapter for my latest book project, It Was Her Eyes.

Shortly after we arrived, I looked up to see a water spout fairly close to shore. I pointed it out to the others and soon we saw more and more of them and began seeing the the dark backs and relatively small dorsal fins of whales as they lifted them out of the water to dive shortly after blowing. By the shape and size of their dorsal fins we decided they were Humpback Whales. They were within about 60-120 yards of shore. They added magic and wonderment to an already spectacular day. The show lasted for perhaps three or four hours with a brief intermission. They would occasionally lift their heads out of the water as if to say, “Hi, are you enjoying the show?”

With Love,


About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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15 Responses to Thomas and Humpback Whales

  1. Mrs. P says:

    Wow! How awesome is that? What a wonderful birthday gift from mother nature! I’m glad she had a wonderful birthday. 😀 😀

  2. JanBeek says:

    Happy Birthday to your beloved!

  3. utesmile says:

    What a great day for a Birthday . Happy Birthday to your Beloved!

  4. A very Happy Birthday to your beloved Russ! Sounds like it was the perfect way to celebrate it. ❤
    Diana xo

  5. Ohhh, I definitely believe the whales were purposely (and not porpoisely) entertaining you. 😉 We see them frolic when we’re in Kauai in February. These guys know how to enjoy themselves! As it seems you and your family did on that delightful day.

  6. ksbeth says:

    oh, you are so lucky – you all witnessed pure magic!

  7. kmabarrett says:

    Wish your better half a happy BD!

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