Last week a couple of whales were spotted in Boston Harbor. For those of us growing up in Boston in the 1970’s and 80’s, when many of our rivers and the harbor served as a toxic chemical and sewage dump, the appearance of seals and now whales in the harbor is a sure sign that we have understood how important it is to maintain our most important and fragile natural resource.
We are not going to speculate whether whales in the Harbor are a good thing (as many experts agree that dwindling food supplies are causing these giants of the ocean to venture so close to shore). But, what we are going to say is that the Harbor clean-up has worked well, to the point where wildlife can now live and eat in a natural food chain.
We would remind boaters that they need to be on the lookout for these magnificent creatures, who are up to 35 feet long, and to keep their distance from them in their natural environment.