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  • Diane Krumenaker Eugenio

    When I was young, Moby Dick was one of my favorite movies. This was another one that scared me, especially when you see Gregory Peck tied onto the whale near the end of the movie. But I still had to watch, so I bothered grandma again to watch it three times a day all week on Million Dollar Movie on WOR (channel 9 in New York City). Poor Grandma! I can’t believe she let me watch these movies all week in her room. Between Moby Dick, Godzilla and The Giant Behemoth, she certainly had a lot of patience! Thanks, Grandma. Hope you’re watching down on us!

    • Christy

      What a great memory of your Grandma! I love that!!

      • Diane Krumenaker Eugenio

        Thanks, Christy!

  • Carrie

    Pinocchio is the only movie I ever saw with a whale in it.

  • Merm123

    I’ll never forget on Feb 24, 2010 story of a sea world whale snatched a trainer from a poolside platform and thrashed her under water, killing her in front of a horrified audience. Was a terrible sad day for everyone.
    It was the third time the animal had been involved in a human death.
    They had to get everyone out of the stadium and park was immediately closed. Very sad day for both the trainer and animal. I can still see it all over the news.

    • Diane Krumenaker Eugenio

      I remember that. The author also talks about it in the book “Blackfish”. The book is mostly about that particular whale. When these whales are gone, Seaworld has made the decision to not have whales any more.

  • Suzanne Eaton

    Their tongues can weigh up to 4 tons

  • Sarah Turner

    When myself and my little sister and brother was younger, they came out with Free Willy and that was all i got to watch for years because of my brother. Then the second one and third one came out and the same thing happened with them

  • DM

    I remember taking my son to see Free Willy. I bought the movie and watched it many times with him. Great memories.

  • Jason Provo

    I managed to acquire an old musty hardcover copy of Moby Dick. I found it at a great price on amazon. As an avid collector of stale musty smelling old classic books, this was a gem in my collection. I feel that I tracked down my figurative whale; just as the book’s distraught hero Ishmael relentlessly hunted his whale!

    • Diane Krumenaker Eugenio

      We had to read the book in High School English. I was so happy. Finally, a book I was interested in!

      • Jason Provo

        yeah, too bad it wasnt introduced to us at my high school. Our english teacher was an orwell fanatic instead…

        • Diane Krumenaker Eugenio

          We had to read Animal Farm and 1984, too, Jason.

          • Jason Provo

            yep. we read animal farm, and he showed us the 1984 movie.

  • Deb

    I wish. I wish. That I had seen a whale.
    Then I would have a tale to tell.
    No whale have I ever seen.
    If I had it would be very keen.
    Oh me, Oh my. Poor little me.
    No whale tale will there ever be.
    Dolphins and fish
    I have seen, but Oh, I wish
    I could see a big ol’ whale
    Then I would have a whopper of a tale.

    • Diane Krumenaker Eugenio

      My kids got to see a school of whales on the Alaskan cruise I took them on. Dolphins, too. They announced that for every dolphin you saw above the water, there were ten underwater. I missed the whales AND the dolphins. I think I was in the room reading a book. Rats!

      • Deb

        You must have been so disappointed, but at least the kids got to see them.

        • Diane Krumenaker Eugenio

          As long as the kids got to see them, I was okay with it. But yeah, a little disappointed.

        • Diane Krumenaker Eugenio

          BTW, you write some nice poetry. That was the one thing I could never do in school, nor to this day! I know what words rhyme; I just can’t make a story out of it!

          • Deb

            Thanks, Diane. It’s just something silly when I don’t have anything else to say. Lol

  • Carol Miller

    The most famous whale story that I can remember happened back in January, 1996. A huge whale was sighted swimming up the Thames River. It finally got grounded and rescue teams worked feverishly to try and rescue him. This was published all over the world and huge crowds gathered every day to watch the rescue. Unfortunately, the whale went into convulsions and died. However, you can still see his remains in England’s Natural History Museum. I was privileged to view the remains of this animal with all of the pictures of the rescue when I visited England in 2010. The guide that we had really brought the story to life. He explained how people were sobbing when the whale finally passed. The one good that came from it is viewing the entire bone structure of this once glorious animal. It was very moving.

    • Diane Krumenaker Eugenio

      Great answer, Carol! Someday, I’ll get to England. Maybe. LOL

  • Sylvia

    Many years ago I had a disabled kindergartener in my class who had leg braces and spent much of his time in a wheelchair. After a unit about land and sea animals I asked my students to draw the one animal they would most like to be and explain why. As I walked around the room I saw the typical tigers and bears until I stopped at Micah’s seat observing that he had made a huge whale. Interesting, I thought, and when I asked Micah why he chose this particular animal his response touched me in a way I haven’t forgotten in a decade. I want to be a whale because if my flippers don’t work the ocean will hold me up and I can still swim and play with all the other whales; I’ll be just like them. I truly choked back tears and made a special effort from that time on to be more empathetic and inclusive with this little boy and all the other students I would encounter who face physical, intellectual or behavioral challenges.

    • Diane Krumenaker Eugenio

      We need more teachers like you, Sylvia. Most of the ones I met are empathetic but my daughter had two teachers who shouldn’t have been teaching any more, if ever. But my daughter had a great art teacher in her grammar school who made up for all the callousness of the two teachers. She was a gift from God to my children and to me! Thank you for all your great teaching. I’m sure it didn’t go unappreciated by the parents.

  • Christy

    I’ve never seen a whale in person. My only “whale story” also would lead into your poll question about “What’s the worst part of buying a bathing suit?” One suggestion is to not buy a black bathing suit and lie in the sun on the beach. You’ll get a free trip to a local aquarium or find yourself being rolled into the water by some kindhearted do-gooder.

    • Deb

      Hahahaha!

      • Marie Pitts

        thats great, made me laugh, unfortunately, i CAN identify.

    • Diane Krumenaker Eugenio

      LMBO!!! Ever since the doctor put me on steroids, I know the feeling.

    • Jason Provo

      you should see me in a speedo..its horrifying…

  • Sue W.

    I am 21!!! LOL….that is my Whale tale!!!

  • Timothy Mccollum

    My favorite is watching a whale flirt with a boat in the Indian Ocean what a great sight he kept splashing them For 50 miles.

  • Jason Pike

    I had just got out of boot camp in Chicago. I went on leave to the aquarium with my my family and girlfriend.i got to see my first whale,can’t remember what kind it was but it was cool. Not very interesting but it’s my whale story.

  • roxysmom87

    The closet I come to having a whale tale is watching Star Trek The Voyage Home. In this series with the original cast, they steal the a Klingon ship, and leave in search of two Hump Backed Whales,. Earth in their time was attacked by a probe and they figured out the probe was making the sound of whales. We anyway, they go back in time to rescue two whales. This was the sequel after In Search of Spock. To make a long story short, they rescue Gracie and her mate. Spock does his mind meld with Gracie and finds out she is pregnant. The lady who was their caretaker ends up grabbing onto Captain Kirk while he is being beamed in to the Klingon ship they confiscated after they destroyed the Enterprise. She returns with them and they crash the ship into a large body of water releasing Gracie and her mate. As soon as the whales are in the water, the probe goes away. I guess you can tell I love Science Fiction.

  • ramadevi

    A whale is a big fish who lives in the ocean.
    Whales swim against the tides in the sea.
    A whale is bigger than a small fish.
    Whales eat small fishes in the ocean.
    Whale are live in the centre of the ocean.
    A whale can attack the ships.
    Ha ha ha………This was my childhood story we used to say to each other.
    When I got married I saw the few movies with my husband, before that I used to see them in the pictures. I am science student and I have dissected a sea fish for zoology practical. It was very hard to cut it and the dissection knife bent when I tried to cut it. Still I remember the story. It is very hard body and difficult to cut, so that now I can realise that how hard the whale could be.

  • Nicole D. C

    I was in Alaska with my in-laws on a fishing trip. We got a little ways out in the ocean and seen a huge killer whale close to us. It kept coming closer and we watched it knock a fishing boat right over. Scariest moment of my life.

  • Michaele Dalin Goodson

    Unfortunately I don’t have a whale tale but I remember my mom and dad went to Alaska once and on a tour boat they saw whales, my dad said they are humbling..

  • justinkeene

    Really don’t have whale tale. not much for fishing. But a lot of people find it to be relaxing and fun hobby

  • Ruth Charmello

    In 1991 , a pure white humpback whale was spotted near Great Barrier Reef in Australia.. Migrating from Antartica to the Northern Cost of Australia. an attraction for 25 yrs. Migaloo is a white numpback with brown eyes and no spots. Which is why he is one of australias biggest whate watching attractions.Other White whales have dark markings that offset their pale color but migloo has none of these patterns he is completely white. Migloo is not consiered abino by scientist since most alcinos in mammels and other species have red eyes. Milgaloo has the normal brown eyes of the average humback. In 2011 a baby white numpback was spotted near Great Barrier Reef beleived to be Migaloo offspring.

  • OSCAR LOUBRIEL

    Back in 2013, I was working aboard the Royal Caribbean Ship “Rhapsody of the Sea”. We spent the entire summer cruising around south east ALASKA near Glacier Bay. My favorite experience with Whales was when I went on a Kayaking Excursion near Gacier bay with some co-workers. IT was actually my first time Kayaking. We set off into a deep bay and about midway into the bay we statted to spot Blue whales and porpoises. The Blue Whales came so close to out Kayak that we could barely keep balanced. I think they were playing with us. They are very playful and social. Also the porpoises were jumping out of the water. Whales are incredible creatures, and some might say more intelligent than Human beings.
    Thats my whale story.. the end.

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    • Deb

      That was a real adventure!! I would have loved to been there that day.

  • OSCAR LOUBRIEL

    Also, RIP to CHRIS CORNELL. A Legendary, Visionary and Artistic Genius. His voice will live on until the Sun burns out, and maybe even beyond.

  • dolfanatl

    OK, this is really stupid, but here goes nothing.

    When I was a kid, we used to do this thing called “white tail whale”. What you would do is to pull your bathing suit down just enough so that only your butt was showing. Then you would swim and “leap” out of the water making sure your butt got up out of the water. That’s how we would be a white tailed whale.

    • Deb

      I love that! My sister and I would have for sure done that if we had known about it.

  • Paul Clément

    Wish I could tell you but I have none.

  • Noel Stewart

    I am fortunate that I got to see the Sea World Whales perform many years ago. As a young adult I was impressed with both the trainer and the whale. On the way out of the Sea World Park, I purchased a stuffed gray and white whale for my niece. She still has that whale.

  • Julie Dascoli-Yanop

    The Scene: 6th Grade. Mr. Sena – Whale watching trip out in the Atlantic.

    The Outcome – entire class of 22 children and who knows how many adults/parents vomiting profusely over the side of the boat before any whales were even close by!

    I will never forget this day. I even remember the boy next to me puking a pink color!!!!

  • Erin Estilette

    After watching Pinocchio, I was most impressed by the whale Monstro being able to swallow them whole, and that they could basically live in the whale. Lol. I imagined it was entirely possible, and thought I might try it someday.

  • I don’t have a “whale tale” because I live in South Dakota. We don’t have whales. There is no Sea World or anything like it here. But, I love when Dory in Finding Nemo says she can speak whale. Then in Finding Dory she explains how she can speak whale because her best friend was a whale. I love that movie.

  • Ray Ayala

    My favorite whale story has to be that Michelangelo painted Jonah and the whale on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel around the year 1512.

  • Dicksy Maneschyn

    I remember taking a trip along the Oregon coastline and we spotted a whale that was beached . Scientists I believe were examining and studying the whale. The whale of course was dead…sad to see. Never realized how big they are! I’ve heard stories of whales that beach but never really experienced it. Why exactly do they beach?

  • MT

    Free Willy! I still watch it from time to time.

  • rose morgan

    Don’t have one, have never seen a whale.

  • Rebecca lee

    My favourite whale tale is a bedtime story that my parents used to read to me as a child called Lottie and the fabulous whale. The general story is about a girl called Lottie. Lottie was in her beach hut and as she looked out to sea. There, in the distance, she saw the large bulk of a huge whale. All of a sudden it blew a fountain from its blow hole and to her delight she quickly realised it was not water it was glitter! She ran down the beach and yelled “Fabulous Whale please come over here”. To Lotties delight he turned and with a fountain of glitter swam right towards her. He swam right up the beach, just as close as he dared get to little Lottie.
    “How is my little friend today?” he said.
    “Not very well, can you help me Whale?” she asked sadly.
    “Well there is one very special thing I can do” and he turned and swam back out to sea.
    Lottie watched as he swam away. Just before he disappeared out of sight, as she thought he was leaving her, he turned back. As he came he got deeper and faster. He swam faster and faster all the while staying close to the bottom. Faster he rushed until suddenly he turned straight up and lept into the air and then came down in the world’s biggest belly flop!
    A wave of water careered away from him crashing over the beach and over Lottie. She cleared her eyes and looked up just in time to see the whale turning to leave. He called back “Goood byeee Lottie I hope it works”. She felt a strange tingle run right through her whole body. Lottie giggled and was happy to have spoken to her friend but wondered when the magic would work and she wouldn’t be ill. The whale swam away very pleased with himself. He knew that he was definitely fabulous but he wasn’t magic. He couldn’t cure Lottie, that tingle wasn’t magic, it was sea water getting into her pants. Though he could make his friend feel better and that’s what really mattered.
    I loved this story and the moral that it’s important to sometimes just be able to make people feel good about themselves. I hope one day I’ll be able to tell it to my own children.

  • Diane Lane

    I was in Bar Harbor Maine with my family and decided to go out in the boat to seal watching. As we headed into the open sea we ran into school of humpback whales heading south for the winter. It was a very impressive sight to see.

  • Denise N.

    If you are ever in Hawaii for a vacation or a weekend get-away do yourself a huge treat and sign up for the Whale Watching Tours. It’s nothing short of Amazing!!! It’s you, the sunset, endless stretches of ocean in every direction you look. And then, this huge, ancient, magestically beautiful creature will break the surface and for a moment time stops and pure wonder sets in. You wonder at it’s size, how does it move so gracefully and if you could just reach out if you could actually feel this beautiful animal….and in the same instance reality comes crashing back and you hear dinner being served, laughter and small talk over exotic tropical drinks and you’ll gaze at the lights along the beach all the while thinking if that one magical moment was real.

  • anomynous

    I want to see a whale very bad .one of my goals is to take a cruise and hopefully I will see a whale when I’m on my cruise.it would be a amazing experience to see this beautiful mammal.

  • Marie Pitts

    My first impression of the Pacific Ocean and California, as I flew in a Southwest flight, i saw pods and pods of whales swimming near San Jose. I will never forget that sight and the wonder and excitement I felt! Later that year I spotted a Blue Whale breaching near Bodega Bay as I sat and ate breakfast by an outdoor fireplace at the Whale Watchers Cafe. It was a magical time for me!

  • Tina Sedore

    Never seen a whale but i remember a couple years ago in mexico a couple was on a boat and so happens mother nature decides to do her thing and the whale came up out of the water and landed on the poor Canadian couples boat.. and im sure you all can figure out on your own what had happen to them… strange things happen.. a freak of nature kind of thing something definitely unexpected.. my their souls rip and my heart’s go out to their families… life has many surprises but youd never real think a whale is going to kill you.. but we are in their atmosphere their waters where they play and wonder… like we do on land… kids do flips and tricks just as the whales do… its sad it happened to these ppl and it breaks my heart they went that way… you never know when your numbers up.. even a whale can take your life away in seconds and not even know it or mean to… its a whale playing having fun. Sad story but true… breaks my heart they go away from family on vacay and never come back…

  • MyKinKStar

    Never seen a whale or have a whale tale to tell, but used to always believe what Dr. Seuss told us in one of his books about feeding goldfish . . . I believed the goldfish in Daddy’s fishpond might grow to be too big because he fed them a handful (his BIG hands) of Quaker Oats oatmeal every day!

  • Ken Grant

    Went on a whale watching trip. Didn’t see anything for a long time until suddenly a large whale appeared, leaped out of the water, and then plunged back down. Amazing beauty and agility for such a large animal.

  • Jennifer Peraino Sewell

    In Italian fake-lore it is said that if you hear the song of a whale at 11:11 o the 11th day of the 11th month, you will become prosperous in love and and if you are fortunate enough to see the same whale it will bring you great fortune!

  • OceanGirl

    Last summer, we went on a tour of Nova Scotia, Canada. On the fifth day, we went to Cape Breton Island where we got to spend almost the entire day whale watching! During the summer to the fall, Cape Breton Island’s waters are the home to many species of whales. Our tour guide pointed out fin, minke, and pilot whales. Whales are so beautiful and majestic and the whale watching day was super fun!

  • Javier Fuentes

    A pod of whales followed our boat from Cuba to the Florida Keys, they protected us all the way to freedom.