Whale-watching from the shore

This has been a weirdly persistent theme in my dreams for the past couple of years: taking a walk along a coastline of rocky cliffs for the express purpose of “seeing the whales.” And I do see them, looking down from the cliffs, dozens of them — rights and humpbacks and others of that general type, breaching and spouting and lobtailing away.

(So far as I know, there’s no place where you can actually watch whales from the shore. Something that big obviously requires deep water.)

Whales play no role whatsoever in my life — I’ve never even seen one, in fact — so it’s odd that they would keep turning up in my dreams like this. I can’t help but think it’s a bit of heavy-handed symbolism from the old subconscious. Wanting to “see the whales,” but without the trouble of actually leaving terra firma — not entirely unlike the poor cat i’ th’ adage — isn’t it a metaphor for wanting to understand spiritual truth without being bothered to live a spiritual life?

6 thoughts on “Whale-watching from the shore

  1. “(So far as I know, there’s no place where you can actually watch whales from the shore. Something that big obviously requires deep water.)”

    I don’t know of anywhere either – but presumably a sea fjord would be the best bet, since some of them are deep and sheer sided – you might stand on the top of the cliffs and look down on deep water.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s