We had come to the kingdom of the whales, like a modern day Ulysses, seduced by the circumference of an ocean far beyond our understanding. We had come to behold a wonder of being, one of the great whales, the humpback, whose very comeback honors the earth with its inimitable cry, whose seemingly plaintive song haunts the human soul like few sounds on earth. Their song reverberates with the pulse of eons, like a carnal cry and overture to existence.
To be absorbed by their presence is one of the great gifts of simply being alive.
IMAGE: A Humpback whale jumps out of the surface of the Pacific Ocean at the Uramba Bahia Malaga natural park in Colombia, on July 16, 2013. Humpback whales migrate annually from the Antarctic Peninsula to the Colombian Pacific Ocean coast, with an approximate distance of 8,500 km, to give birth and nurse their young. (LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images)