Monday, February 25, 2019

Love is in the Air

Love is in the air 

by Lorna Hill

February 2018

The mating season has started and how fitting that we are celebrating Valentines Day today. As bowls of chocolates get passed around the room and whispers of “I love you” disappear into the wind, the whales expression of “love” is a lot more …. “turbulent”. 

Mating whales is quite a sight to see. Usually in a group, we see whales of 4 or 5 (it can be more, or less) all circling each other, locked into a courtship ritual or pursuit, all thrashing the water and flukes and fins and blows appearing in quick intervals. This can last for hours but you know when the actual mating is happening when you see, what whale watchers like to call it, the “Pink Floyd” – the 3-4 ft long, prehensile penis. It is easy to see this a number of times during the mating, as the males roll and move about, it appears above the surface the water.

Why wait for one day in the year to express your love? Let love be all around us!

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