We are going on holiday but first an amazing whale watching trip
Date 1200 – Sunday 31 July 2011 (UTC -4)
After 13 months away we are returning to the
Before closing off let me assure you that we have not been sitting
around doing nothing since we arrived back in
The real excitement of the week however has been a whale watching trip
on Friday. We have had one sighting of two whales on our way up to
Well the guarantee was not required as we had what was described by the naturist as the best trip of the season.
Our first sighting was a humpback called ‘Thumper’, identified by individual markings on her tail flukes.
She gave a very impressive performance of tail slapping and swam right up alongside the boat. We were just being told that humpbacks were solitary creatures when over the shoulder of the speaker the middle distance erupted with groups of blowing whales, you could almost hear the whales sniggering.
We were then treated to an amazing display with at least 25 whales in different groups performing all of the manoeuvres for which these magnificent animals are known.
What is difficult to convey in these photographs is the actual size of the animal. The whale breaching here is probably an adolescent measuring some 40 to 50 feet and weighing about 30 tons.
We had tail and flipper slapping, rolls and plunges.
As a finale we had the additional treat of a mother and calf with mother demonstrating to her calf how to do the job properly. You can see the dorsal fin of the calf alongside the breaching mother.
It was an absolutely amazing experience that lasted well over an hour. I have some video footage that will remain a treasure and we await the official photo disk of the trip that I am sure will have better images than those taken by me.