Every day is different here at Rock Island. Some days we are blessed with a peregrine falcon or lynx siting. This past weekend was a little something out of the ordinary. I was looking out over the lake, enjoying my lunch, watching a kayaker decide whether or not to travel up the mouth of the river; when I noticed a very odd site indeed. This poor whale was sitting high and dry up on the beach near the deck.
Perhaps it was trying to escape the oil spill in the gulf, or heard that we have good fishing up here on Lake Superior. How it managed to negotiate the 17 or so locks of the Great Lakes St Lawrence Seaway system is a good question (customs might want to have a word).
The story ends on a positive note though since the little guy, despite being beached for an unknown amount of time, is still full of life’s air and will be enjoyed by many a visitor. That is unless the winds of change or the lake currents don’t take him on another adventure to some far off exotic place… like Minnesota.