My last post was about rescuing a lady bug from drowning in the cow’s water tub. This post is about another of God’s creation, only on a much bigger scale, the humpback whale. I watched a mama and baby swimming gracefully together, and had another “awe” moment. No, I didn’t watch them swimming on the big pond at the ranch, but on a commercial.
Adult humpback whales can grow as long as 39 to 52 feet. They can weigh 28 to 33 tons. (That’s 66,000 pounds!) They can live up to 100 years. The female is pregnant for 11 months and the baby is 4000 pounds and 12 feet long when born. It nurses for 10 months, because humpbacks are mammals. When it leaves mama it is 16,000 pounds and 27 feet long.
The songs males sing last from 10 to 20 minutes. All males in a group sing the same song, and the songs are different for each season. The humpbacks also migrate 16,000 miles a year. They can also be seen swimming with their friends, the bottlenose dolphins.
In 1966 a moratorium was issued to stop hunting and killing the humpbacks since their population fell by 90 % and they were almost extinct.
When they dive into the depths of the sea, they do not go deeper than 900 feet, because they can only hold their breath for 15 minutes and need to resurface for air.
“So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems…” (Gen. 1:21 [NIV])
“There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number—living things both large and small. There the ships go to and fro, and the leviathan, which you formed to frolic there.” (Ps. 104:25-26 [NIV])
I look forward to doing my ranch chores because it affords me the quiet, alone time outside to ponder on God’s wonders.
Alistair Begg said in his book, The Hand of God, “Be able to see the shining blessing of God in the routine experiences of life.”
Change your focus, frolic more, and you will find your “awe” in the everyday routines of life.
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