Early Wednesday afternoon I was walking along the beach, enjoying the sun and the breeze. I had walked about a mile and a half when, suddenly for no particular reason, I decided to turn around and look behind me. Out of the corner of my eye I noticed a large area of disturbed water out near the horizon. Immediately I realized it was too big to have been caused by a pelican diving for fish.
I stopped and peered into the Atlantic. In moments I was rewarded with a view of the massive flukes of a whale rising up out of the water. Here is my crude drawing:
The whale sounded, then in short order the flukes reappeared. This was repeated about a dozen times...then the whale disappeared.
The next time you are out walking along the beach be sure to keep your eyes open for these majestic creatures. I've heard of more whale sightings in the last few months than ever before.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a list of traditional island remedies. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news032111.htm.