|Verne and Cynthia Bryant|
A love letter of appreciation from Verne Bryant to all the wonderful people who shared the whales and the experience of 8 years aboard SF Bay Whale Watching. Verne retired from the business on May 31, 2013:
Dear friends, associates, colleagues, guests, and lovers of whales in nature,
We had been out about four hours and I was avoiding seasickness by the narrowest of margins. I am sure you recall that I am rather short. From the starboard side of the vessel I heard an extraordinary roar of what sounded like approval.
Everyone rushed to that side, and I was too late and too short to see anything over the backs of the taller people. (If you read this and you are short, squeeze as politely as you can to the front of everybody and kneel or squat at the rail) I did not do this. I stood behind this solid human wall and saw nothing.
The humpback whale appeared to stare lovingly into my eye while going straight up and coming back straight down. It was if it had made an escape tunnel and went right back down into it.
So I bought SF Bay Whale Watching. I later learned it was started by Sandra Cannon using the skills and vessel of Captain Joe Nazar.
I have taken many trips out to see the whales. I love and respect them, but I found you collectively far more interesting and compelling. While I appreciate whales, my experience with you, whale watchers, convince me that you are the most interesting and considerate mammals on this planet and I wish all humans were like whale watchers. Thank you very much.
Photos and blog by Kathleen Jacques (With everlasting gratitude to my friend Verne!)