My lazy Sunday afternoon

I don’t think I’ve had such a relaxed Sunday in ages. Although we had a full house last night, Hubby and I had cleaned and tidied everything up by 2 pm. And I was pleased because having so many people in the house can often mean a late finish at 4 pm or thereabouts.

So what can a tired girl do to relax? Well, it was lunch first of all. I had skipped breakfast as I wanted to get on with cleaning the rooms as quickly as possible. Sunday is a day when many guests leave us to return home for the coming week in preparation for work. It wasn’t until 10:30 am before I was able to begin cleaning the rooms as we had eight rooms to check out. So I skipped my morning drink as well as breakfast, and by 2 pm, I was gasping for a hot cup of tea and feeling the hunger pangs for lunch.

I often read the Sunday papers when I can. Today, however, I eschewed the papers in preference for two films and a documentary on TV. Well, it was actually two and a half films, because I watched the first part of the film but not the second half as I was able to find time to watch the second half yesterday but not the first half. As you have probably guessed, the film was a repeat.

The documentary I watched was entitled ‘Jimmy and the Whale Whisperer’, showing on Channel 4 (www.channel4.com/programmes/jimmy-and-the-whale-whisperer). Here is a synopsis of the TV programme (www.plankpr.com/?p=3053):

Farmer and wild life enthusiast, Jimmy Doherty, travels to the beautiful Caribbean island of Dominica to meet an amazing man, who calls himself the Whale Whisperer.

A decade ago, Dominican, Andrew Armour befriended an injured sperm whale calf he nicknamed Scar and since then, he has claimed he can communicate with Dominican Sperm whales, who let him swim among them like family.

If ‘The Whale Whisperer’ is for real, Jimmy hopes he and top whale scientist Professor Joy Reidenberg (Inside Nature’s Giants) can help him get close enough to these gigantic, intelligent and little-known animals to carry out an important experiment. They want to explore recent scientific findings that suggest whales play a crucial role in keeping our oceans healthy. So crucial, in fact, that if these endangered mammals become extinct there could be serious repercussions for humans and our environment. To get the samples vital for this experiment however, Jimmy will need to get close to the world’s largest predator, at the precise moment it defecates. As Jimmy explains: ‘It’s like swimming in a giant’s diarrhoea.’

I felt for Jimmy as he spluttered and spat out the whale’s scat. It must have felt even worse than falling down a toilet – and I know how the latter feels to my cost!

What amazed me most when watching the documentary was the part when Jimmy and the professor put the microphone into the sea in order to demonstrate just how much noise humans make and how this noise can seriously affect the whales’ ability to hear each other’s clicks in the seas and oceans. The noise was horrendous; but even worse was the fact that mankind can be so thoughtless as to throw plastic bags into the water, which the whales then swallow, thinking that they are squid, an essential part of their diet. Jimmy made the point that campaigners talk about saving the whale, but our selfish ways could lead to destroying the whales’ habitats and thereby annihilate them.

What is my conclusion at the end of watching the documentary? I believe that God has created a wonderful world for us to respect and enjoy. The earth is our home and food bowl; and it is up to us to ensure that we do not mistreat it and its creatures out of greed. Rather, we should tread gently, acknowledging that each of us is only a custodian of this earth for a very short time; for the earth and the universe are larger than we are, and each one of us has a responsibility to ensure that we do not harm or destroy it and its inhabitants because we are too selfish to care.

‘Dive operator Andrew Armour has become known as the Whale Whisperer after forming a special bond with a colossal sperm whale that allows him to swim nose-to-nose with a true giant of the sea.’ Picture: Eric Cheng/ Barcroft Media. (Photo and words taken from www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthpicturegalleries/7147994/The-whale-whisperer-Andrew-Armour-strokes-a-sperm-whale.html.)

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