whales

When I spotted the whale spout the other day a fellow walker cried foul. She knew the whaling season didn’t start until June 1st so she was sure that my sighting could not be accurate.

Got me to wondering if anyone had informed the whales of this timetable, did they carry a calendar or digital device to ensure they didn’t break with protocol?

Reminded me that whales are super intelligent and I realised that the whale I spotted did know it was a week early! In fact I’m sure she had knowingly set off earlier in order to avoid the tourist crush. Smart whale!

Many years ago when I had the wealth I used to go whale watching at least once and sometimes twice a year. These majestic monsters are elegant, fun loving and curious. The smaller the boat the more likely the whales would be to come closer to check us out. Meaning that they would actually surface just under the vessel.

For those not acquainted with whales their body mass could easily have tossed the vessel about or their powerful tail could have slammed into it. But they were gentle and curious. Fiercely protective of their young but keen to get close and check out those crazy human beans.

Facts from the net: More than 30,000 whales make their way along the NSW coast from May to November each year. Known as the Humpback Highway, humpback and southern right whales are the most commonly sighted, but you may also spot orcas, blue whales, minke whales and sperm whales.

I have seen both humpbacks and southern right whales up close and at my favourite cafe they have interrupted my lunch by frolicking right in front on the edge of the sea. Entertainment plus

FACTS and PHOTO are from the internet, this action is called a ‘breach’ and they do it often

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    • absolutely, our tours here have yummy morning teas and lunches with running commentary on the whales habits so even that cruising and waiting is interesting … so long as you are a reasonable distance from their loud-speakers 🙂

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  1. Love, love, love whale watching. Our season here (Bay of Fundy between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia) is typically July-Sept. We can see humpbacks breaching, finbacks, and minke. It’s a magical experience.

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  2. I went whale watching off the north coast of Iceland years ago whilst completing the circuitous route around the island in a vauxhall astra (another tale) On the whale trip we saw humpback whales and 2 blue whales, the biggest living creature, from pretty close up, I will never forget this and in a few years when i’m rich beyond my wildest dreams i’ll do it again. It must be amazing to have a cafe where you see whales.

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  3. Magnificent, Kate!

    Never have seen whales, but have encountered dolphins at the right time and place.

    Knowing what an experience that is, I only can imagine how incredible it must be to experience whales up close. Someday…someday.

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  4. Beautiful! One of the best shows in the world! 😉 They (like all of nature) make life beautiful and put our human-bean problems into perspective. Again, I am so grateful to be a small part of this HUGE amazing thing called life! 🙂
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

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    • excuses excuses lol … do hope you hadn’t paid for the trip? Heard lots aren’t getting refunds … guess this argument will continue for a while

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  5. The calendar may say one thing… but it is not until I see the first lightning bugs blink that I know the first day of summer has arrived. The animals know natures calendar better than us ‘beanies’ do 😀

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