A Porpoise-ful Moment
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How many play-on-words can one man come up with? After the conclusion of this journal, I am getting the guy from Guiness's Almanac of World Records on the phone. I don't really have a clue who "the guy" is...I'll probably just ask for Guiness. I bet he's a good place to start.
So to set the scene of this memory...I'm still on the boat. This is a good thing since I am in the middle of the
I walk through the sliding glass doors of the floating hotel to find a gaggle of people on the deck. People are craning their heads over the rail looking into the ship's wake. Off in the distance, there was a group of porpoises swimming towards the boat. Each took its turn jumping out of the water in succession. They were quite a ways off, but at that rate they would quickly overtake us.
...I make it sound like this is a hostile invasion by a sea mammal. Nothing of the sort, actually. Chances are that they were wonderful porpoises. I am sure each one of them suffered from a little dolphin envy, but what porpoise doesn't, right? Deep down, I bet they are fun loving creatures, just looking to have a good time.
Well, as we are all concentrating on the dolphins...oh, ahem...I'm sorry, porpoises, a group of four orcas pull right up next to the boat. It was simply one of the coolest things I have ever witnessed. Each one took turns posing for the cameras. And trust me, there were enough of those. The sound of a thousand velcro camera cases being ripped open at once is quite deafening. You wouldn't think so, but it is.
As I stood there, cool Alaskan breeze in my hair, tasting the palpable salt of the water, enrapt in nature's beauty, I thought to myself, "Where's my drink? And I think I got to hit the restroom...
...and this time I'll leave the wiping for my attendant. It doesn't stink anyway."