One more nod to the humpback whales off the coast of Provincetown, MA, via Michael Cunningham's elegant, succinct book, Land's End. A fine guide to the town, or, a wonderful look back if you have been there Thanks to Darwyn J., traveling companion, for loaning me his copy.
"The whales don't jump often, at least not for the benefit of whale-watching boats. They are more prone to breaching, therir heads underwater, showing their scarred, glistening backs as they take in owygen through their blowholes. After a minute or teo they dive again. Their backs disappear underwater, and a moment later, as they angle themselves to dive, they dip their two-pronged black tails up from amid the chaos of churn and foam they've created."