At the bottom of this posting is a link to an interesting and amusing news article with a great picture. My wife Mari suggested that I might want to use this story as a metaphor to explore how to deal with the inexplicable, unexplainable, and the plain ridicules in sailing (and by extension life). I thought about this for a moment and all I have to say is there is no explication or explanation for an idiot whale who jumps out of the water and smashes your boat. What was he/she thinking?! I would certainly give that whale a piece of my mind if he/she jumped on to my boat. At the very least a stern talking to is required and quite possibly a severe timeout. I mean it's not like we don't have enough things to think about while sailing that we also have to worry about a sailboat smashing whale. Sufferin Succotash!!
I wonder, if the whale was young as was suggested in the article. Maybe sailboat smashing is something like cow tipping or other adolescent pranks we humans are familiar with. I hope so. Because if that whale is one of the species' best and brightest then my estimation of whaledom is seriously diminished and I will reconsider my view of all whales moving forward.