When I was a kid, I had a serious obsession with whales. Some kids like horses, others like dogs, but I was into whales – huge, intelligent, graceful creatures that sing weird, haunting songs. What’s not to like?
I saw a humpback whale once in the wild. It’s kind of hard to appreciate how mind-bogglingly enormous they are until you see one, and even then I kept wondering whether I’d only seen a cresting wave or whether all that gray and white had really been an animal.
Dipping your toes in tide pools and picking up shells on the beach is all well and good, but there’s some seriously big stuff under all that water.