‘Play with me’, the whale suggested as he circled the girl closer and closer.
How do you play with a creature 400 times your diminutive frame?
‘Play with me’, the whale intoned with a soundless expression and an oh so gentle nudge.
How do you not panic, how do you trust being pushed through the water by a 25 tonne stranger?
‘Play with me’, the whale delighted as they parried to and fro.
How can you not be moved to your core by a being both so alien and so equal?
‘Play with me’, the whale bemoaned as he followed her back to the boat.
How can you leave such a beautiful moment? You can’t, it has changed you, will be forever with you.
I’m sure George (the whale) and Jasmine (the girl) had a thing going on.
We all had an extraordinary time with George that day, a day we will treasure forever.
Photo: Robert Rath, ‘Jasmine and the Whale’ 1/1000s f/7.1 ISO160 15mm