How It Started
It only took a pun on the front cover of a book that showed some whales simply saying, “oh, whale.” Something like that would usually make a person let out a small laugh solely because of how cringy it is. Usually, I would just roll my eyes, but this time was different. I didn’t smile and roll my eyes; I laughed for at least an hour. It was one of those laughs where you just can’t stop no matter how hard you try.
While the joke itself was hilarious to me and just terrible to the rest of the world, it had a much bigger impact than anyone could have known. That one pun would be the start of the never-ending, always-apparent, and very-passionate obsession with whales.
My Favorite Whale Related Things (so far)
- Socks With Whales
- Whale Bank
- Plant Holder in the shape of a whale
- Whale Pillows
- Keychain Whales
- Whale Stickers
Quite frankly, I take pride in the number of whale things I own. It’s a collection of something I love from around the world. I got my whale hooks in Cinque Terre, Italy. My ‘lucky little whale’ came from Honolulu, Hawaii, while my stuffed animal whale came from the baby section at my local Target. They are basically souvenirs I get from different places, even if that adventure is just going to Target. Each time I go somewhere new, I try to bring anything that’s whale related back home with me so I can always have a small piece of that place with me. Even If I am going somewhere I have been before, if I find something whale-related, I will most likely buy it on the spot.
What It Turned Into
As the obsession grew into my senior year of high school, I started to notice that all these fake whales in my life were making me more aware of the living whales on this earth. This animal I was so obsessed with was actually endangered, and that absolutely broke my heart.
After doing research on what is causing their decline and looking at how I can help, I adopted a whale. Probably my favorite thing on my list. Kama’aina is a humpback whale off the coast of Maui. Their name means “child of the land” or “home” in Hawaiian and got their name because Kama’aina always returns to Launiupoko Beach in Maui. I made the donation and adopted them because for me ‘home is where the heart is.’ There are a lot of things that I hold close to my heart, and whales are one of them. You can read more about my obsession here.
Ways You Can Help
If you are interested in helping the whales, feel free to shoot me a message, or check out these resources.
How Can We Help the Whales? by The Natural Contemplative.
40 Ways to Save the Whales by The Pacific Whale Foundation.
Save the North Atlantic Right Whale by The Whale and Dolphin Conservation
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