I had the unique experience of adopting a whale named “Kadee” from the Pacific Whale Foundation last spring. The Foundation sent me the entire history and background of my whale. Kadee was distinguished by a beautiful fluke and the fact that she had two calves (calves are their babies, in case you are not aware of it). The scientists who follow these adopted whales identify them through their tails or “flukes,” which are as different as the features on a person’s face. The two reasons why I chose this particular whale: I loved the whale’s fluke and its interesting history; and my granddaughter’s name is Katelyn. Need I say more?
My passion for whales and helping to preserve the waterways in which they live began years ago when I went on a whale watching expedition in Cape Cod. I was fascinated by these intelligent creatures and have since learned a great deal about them. That’swhy I now include a tri-fold board of mammals of the ocean in my book talks at schools. My book presentation is an interactive, visual Powerpoint with a discussion about how writers get ideas for their book plot, characters, and theme. When I get to the part about why I adopted a whale, many hands go up with questions about the whale – of course, they always ask me where I keep my whale. I laugh and tell them that my bathtub is too small for a whale so I keep track of Kadee through the Pacific Whale Foundation; I also tell them that anyone can adopt a whale and help scientists learn more about these intelligent, gentle giants of our waterways.
One of the most interesting stories I’ve ever heard is the one about Mocha Dick, a huge sperm whale that was the inspiration for the book Moby Dick. The book is based on a true story about a whale that was hunted and harpooned many times during the 1800s (the Whaling Industry) until it turned the tables on these men and began hunting them. Did you ever hear about a whale that took revenge on the very people that hunted it? That’s what really happened.
I had the opportunity to write about Mocha Dick for the magazine, Boating Times Long Island (their Kids Page) and was featured in their February issue. If you want to read the article, I’ve attached a copy of the page as it appears in the magazine.
If you want to learn more about whales, whale adventures, and my book, Whale Island and the Mysterious Bones (which features a whale character named Naleen), you can contact me at 516-764-8774, or stay tuned for the next story!