She tells you there are whales. So you squint
out past the crenellated rocks that snatch
at lathered waves – shivering as they sprint
for shore. Duly, you search for clues that match
what faded plaques assure you are grey whales –
Weight: 36 tons
Length: 49 feet (males are smaller).
Every year the pods migrate
south to warmer Mexican waters.
Uncapped pillars of salty breath as white
as marble rise and hang in the cold air.
But huge, barnacled maybes have less might
than rough sand in your socks, a meal in 3
or 4 hours and your desperate need to pee.