Posted by: koolwine | February 24, 2019

St. Vincent and the Grenadines: Tales of Becquia

Country Focus: St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Tales of Becquia
By Thomas Carl Thomsen
Published by Cross River Press, 1988.
149 pgs.

Genre: Nonfiction

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The whale circled and then came straight at the boat from the port side. A hundred feet away it sounded.

We rowed in near panic, pulling as hard and as fast as we could to get out of its way. Everyone was shouting. We tried to get the cadence back. No way. We were stunned. It was like being stuck on a railroad track with a huge locomotive bearing down.

It happened quickly. The huge black churning body dove under the boat and lifted it clean out of the water. For a very brief moment the boat was perched on its back. The whale shook and the boat nearly came apart. Not a sound was uttered by the men. We were too stunned to do anything to save ourselves. We sat rigidly for what seemed like a long time. The whale’s flukes were out of the water. One swipe and it would all be over. The whale shook again and the boat groaned and then the whale slipped below the surface and the boat slid off its back and dumped into the sea. The men grabbed at anything stationary to keep from falling into the sea. The boat heeled over sharply and then righted itself and settled down.

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