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Saturday, October 27, 2012

CNN idea series: Saving the magnificent blue whale

It’s a beautiful day to be on the water a few kilometres off the southern coast of Sri Lanka. Within view of shore the spinner dolphins twist and turn energetically, flying fish launch out of the water and cruise for what seems like ages and a manta ray gracefully glides under my boat. In the safety of my 20-foot research boat I am the biggest thing on the water.

Suddenly, a blue whale emerges close by and as it breaks the surface it exhales. This creature is so immense that the vertical tower of mist that escapes from its blowholes is taller than my boat is long. As it calmly swims it teases me by revealing just parts of its huge self. It is hard to fathom just how large this creature truly is. I am mesmerised by the scene, impressed at how the buoyancy of the ocean has aided this giant to achieve near maximum size..........

Read the rest of the story here: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/10/26/opinion/de-vos-saving-blue-whales/index.html#cnn-disqus-area

NB: Excitingly, this story was one of the top stories on CNN.com this weekend. Check it out :)

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