A whale of a welcome

Sun 1 Nov 2009 02:34
Position,  27.09S  153.20E
A large whale and her calf came within two boat lengths of us as we entered Morten Bay this morning. Earlier a large pod of pilot whales stayed with us for half an hour. Interestingly, apart from a few birds this was the first wildlife we had seen since leaving New Caledonia.
We are well ahead of our schedule and expect to be at the Customs dock in Brisbane at about 8 this evening. I think we might celebrate our arrival back in Oz after five years of cruising with a good bottle of red. When we set out we had no idea that we return with an ocean trawler!