Mo'orea - Allie Kelley

Cosmic Encounters

We spotted whales in pairs more often than they were alone. Traveling together, sleeping at depth, arising up to the surface to breathe, their moves occurred in unison. At times, the larger whale would be visible to the group and would capture everyone’s gaze, but then, from deeper below, signs of a smaller whale would come into focus. The second whale would appear to grow larger and larger as it approached the surface, commanding attention and startling those who were preoccupied with the partner. Here, at the surface, I would often make eye contact with the massive creatures at which point they would decide to swim closer to me, or out into deeper waters as I’d watch the sunlight illuminate their slowly disappearing bodies.

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