Finding A Way to help our gentle giants

Having a whale of a time in Sydney Harbour.

I have the great fortune of taking a ferry to work.  Each time I make the journey across beautiful Sydney Harbour, I am reminded of a day last winter when a whale was spotted along the way.

Whale spotting isn’t a frequent occurrence on this route, although from time to time a whale does make an appearance. This was, however, the first occasion I’d been on the ferry when it happened.

That particular day, the announcement came over the speakers that if we cared to look to our left, we could see a whale. What surprised me wasn’t that lots of passengers were interested in taking a peak– even for someone like me who works day in day out to protect whales, this was an exciting moment – but it was the variety of the people I saw getting out of their seat and rushing for a first row view.

Families with young children, pensioners, school kids, men in business suits, hipsters, you name it, they all got up and looked. To me, that really bought home the fascination that these majestic creatures inspire in us all. It’s not as though Sydneysiders, like the majority of Australians who live by the ocean, don’t get to see whales – they migrate up and down our coastlines every year.

It’s just that there’s something special about those unexpected encounters, which reveal our reverence of these gentle giants.

And it’s that reverence and the breadth and depth of public goodwill towards whales that makes me realise how fortunate I am. By working for IFAW, I found a way to use the passion that encounters like this inspire in me. 

-- MC

You can find a way too. By supporting IFAW campaigns such as this one, you are helping ensure whales will be around for us all to enjoy seeing for a very long time to come.

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