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Photo credit: Jackie Hildering, The Marine Detective

This really made me smile today. I have known this humpback "KC" (BCY0291) since he first came to the area with his mother as a first year calf in 2002. Typically, we nickname the humpbacks for a distinct feature in their tails but I broke with convention with KC. He got his nickname because, as a baby, I had the delight of watching him playing under a big pile of bull kelp, making it heave up and down, getting tangled in it, and splashing about. KC = "Kelp Creature". Today, as a 10 year old, he chose to play in the kelp, repeatedly making it cascade along his back. He was with another humpback nicknamed Guardian. Such a beautiful thing to watch whales socialize and have leisure time like this. Hopefully it is an indication that their bellies are full.

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By Jackie Hildering

Port McNeill

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Jul 19, 2012
2:28 PM

There is something truly exhilarating about watching animals play. Maybe it's the sense that animals can act out of simple pleasure, rather than every behaviour relating to a biological pursuit. It's one step closer for us to understand that we humans are not that different or separated from the rest of nature.

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