They like you very much, but they are not the hell your whales.

Who can identify the source of the quote in the title of this post? It was one thing that came to mind today as we enjoyed Captain Bill’s Whale Watch.

By all accounts the day was great. The weather was great, and we saw about seven fin-back whales, and three humback whales. There was plenty of “fluking” (where the whale’s tail flips up out of the water just before it dives), lots of “spouting” (where the whale blows air and water out of its blowhole), and even one really incredible “breach” (which is where the whale actually jumps completely out of the water and flips over on its back). The breach was amazing to see, and unfortunately it happened at a point when I didn’t have my camera ready. So I didn’t get a photo. But I did get many other photos. At one point, two humpbacks swam right under the bow of our ship! It was really amazing, and certainly well worth the $0 we paid. 🙂 I’d have to say that it would even be worth the $35 to see it once in your life. God’s great whales are truly amazing. Now I want to go get a copy of Hovhaness’s And God Created Great Whales.

After the whale watch, we had lunch at Virgilio’s Bakery & Deli (“Bread of the Fishermen” Since 1961). The sandwiches were big and delicious after a long whale watch. Later in the day, we learned that when George Clooney was in Gloucester filming The Perfect Storm, his favorite sandwich came from Virgilio’s!

After lunch, we walked over to Cape Pond Ice to meet “The Coolest Guys Around”. They were also involved in the Trails & Sails event, and were giving free tours of their facility. We got to see where they stored massive blocks of ice, as well as the port where fishing vessels can take on loads of crushed ice for preserving fish on long voyages. We’ve got some photos of that adventure, too.

By the way, if you haven’t noticed already, I have started to reorganize our photo gallery. Most everything has been moved out of the ‘Year-by-Year’ gallery and into one of two galleries: “Events and Gatherings” and “Travels”. Travels is organized by country and state, and Events and Gatherings is just one big album containing things like graduations, parties, athletic events, etc. Everything from 2004 and 2003 has been moved, and most things from 2002 as well. Still a few albums to go, but I’ll get to it when I have time.

All in all, it has been a very exciting Saturday. Stay tuned for news on the adventures we have planned for tomorrow!

4 thoughts on “They like you very much, but they are not the hell your whales.

  1. Peter

    Star Trek IV is correct! For bonus “points”, who spoke the quote, and what was the context? 🙂

    Regarding the trip, the “Trails and Sails” event only happens once per year, and as far as I know, that’s the only way for the general public to get on a whale watch for free. However, most of the fleets do run regular whale watch trips – you just have to pay $35+ for them. 🙂

  2. jayseae

    IIRC, the quote was from Spock – he was talking to the whale-watcher/scientist lady (sorry, don’t recall her name). Think she went Back to the 24th century with them when they left, the whales enclosed in their transparent aluminum aquariums.

    Wonder if she’s done anything since, or if perhaps there is another strange connection to Star Trek? 🙂


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