crossword clue: “Valentina’s exuberant leap” (six letters)

After watching this amazing video, I won’t hesitate when a clue like “Humpback whale’s leap” jumps out at me in a puzzle. That leap, complex and twisty, is a BREACH.  The powerful tail fin (left) is a FLUKE.  I learned that whales perform TAIL SLAPS and TAIL LOBS when they’re engaged in surface display.

The beautiful story here — of a young humpback whale in the Sea of Cortez on Valentine’s Day — is better seen than told.  The ending will make you jump for joy (or in my case, cry like a baby).

Have you observed whales up close, in the wild?  Oh, you lucky duck!

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7 Responses to crossword clue: “Valentina’s exuberant leap” (six letters)

  1. Craig says:

    One clue which has outlived its time is “Terror of the sea” (ORCA). But it could have new life if the answer to “Terror of the sea” was DRIFT NET.

    • elizabeth says:

      So true! That cheap nylon netting is insidious, a real terror of the sea. So glad that, this one time, the crew was able to cut away at the netting to free this beautiful animal. Well said, Craig!

  2. KarmaSartre says:

    Great video Liz, thanks. Do you think the whale tail is a fluke of nature?

  3. Franca says:

    Thank you for making the effort to describe the terminlogy for the newbies!

  4. elizabeth says:

    Franca, welcome! The best part of solving/making/dissecting puzzles is learning new words like FLUKE. I’d been referring to it as “a big whale tale.” :) So nice to learn about these beautiful creatures. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Kopfhoerer says:

    I really learned about nearly all of this, but having said that, I still believed it had been useful. Beautiful task!

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