As many of you might know, Mama, our Klamath River Whale, passed away at 4:19 a.m. this morning. Those with her said she went very peacefully and beautifully and were by her side in a boat when she drew her last breath.
After my post last nite requesting prayers for her as she was stranded in the sand, I was amazed when I heard her by the bridge spouting and not in front of the Klamath River RV Park where I last saw her stranded. According to sources there, she was freed from the sand when the tide came up and, with a little help, was able to swim freely again. I made my way to an area past the bridge about 1:30 a.m. and found her swimming in the area she liked past the bridge upriver. She swam there for a long time. In retrospect, it was my opportunity to say my last goodbye to her. I then made my way back to Klamath River RV Park and found she had returned there. After listening to her and seeing spouts, I was going to post at 3 a.m. that she was back swimming and doing fine. Thinking it was late and I would post in the morning, I went to bed. I was shocked this morning when I awoke to see her lifeless body in the river.
Today was a very long and sad day as this beautiful being I had come to know and love has left us. What her message was, we may never know. Why she was here, we may never know. There are so many things we don’t know and are not meant to know. But what I do know is she was truly a “gentle” giant, a loving creature who charmed and mesmerized the throngs of people, young and old, who came to watch her from atop the bridge, from the water, from the shoreline.
Mama, the gentle Klamath River Whale, we will so miss you and we thank you for gracing our lives with your presence.
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MG_0843 Mama, the Klamath River Whale, at 8 pm Last Night
_MG_0909 Mama, the Klamath River Whale, This Morning
_MG_0862 Mama, the Klamath River Whale, This Morning