Saturday Extra: Whale Update

It is with a mixture of joy and sadness that I report that this week, the sperm whale that inexplicably swam into the waters directly in front of our house swam back out to sea.  Here is the last shot I got of him, on Easter Sunday.

I had originally reported that they thought it was a young whale who was perhaps lost. It turns out he (he was a he) was about 14 years old. After all of the hullabaloo about trying to devise a plan to lure him back out to sea, scientists at the Scottish Association for Marine Science decided that the best course of action was to just leave him alone, as he was showing no signs of illness or trauma. Ferries changed their routes, and people were told to keep a fair distance as to not stress him out, and those who did not listen (mainly kayaks and small boats) were quickly given a stern talking-to by the fisheries commission who would zoom up in a little zodiac. Quite right.

His stay here was largely uneventful (for him), although he did head-butt one of the boats floating on a mooring in the bay and gave himself a slice to the head. Not sure why he did this, but he had evidence of other, older head bumps, so apparently head-butting (or the "Glasgow Kiss" as it's called here) is part of the whale repertoire.

photo: Stephen Lawson Photography

I was sad to see him go, but happy that he made it out in one piece. I was beginning to get attached to the guy, who I could see swimming up and down the bay out my window. You start to feel a little protective of him after a certain amount of time. So to celebrate his departure, I did what so many Americans do....I bought the T-shirt. 

Top Hat Whale T-Shirt on Etsy

And then I found this skirt secondhand. You guys know what a sucker I am for anything with an animal printed on it, and this was like the universe calling-out. Hey, if a little is good, more is better, right? Stay tuned for the whale-themed outfit posts to come. 


  1. Cute! I love the t-shirt particularly.

  2. Ooooooh! Looking forward to your WHALE of an outfit! Don't forget some corduroy (it has wales - hahahahaha).

  3. Thanks so much for the follow up on the whale. I google-mapped the location and oh my, you are in the highlands - so beautiful there!

    Love the whale shirt : >

  4. I'm relieved to hear he's safely back out to see, but sorry we won't get to wave hello to him (or to you either, darn!). You're inspiring me to pull out my doggy print scarf. Do love that tee.

  5. What a fantastic story. i love animals, and adore them in prints.
    You have such a rich and insteresting blog. Glad to have found you.
    I am following and adding you to my blogroll.
    Enjoy the weekend.

    1. Thank you so much! I'm glad to have found you too. You are now in my Bloglovin' feed! Love the polka dot top, by the way!

  6. Glad the whale found the way back to sea but I understand how you feel.

    Lady of Style


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