A Day with the Whales

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Sydney's skyline form the sea

After nursing a monster of a hangover, and one I don't care to repeat in a hurry!, we decided to do something constructive with our time.  Therefore, the mysterious world of whale watching called upon us!  The day began on a promisiiong note with glorious high blue skies and a glaring sun that was pleasingly warm.  From here on in the day did not disappoint and got better and better with each passing hour.

The sea was calm and generated an ambience of tranquility, almost therapeutic in a sense.  As it turned out our luck was in on spotting two pods of whales!  The first sightings were pretty inactive apart from the occasional swish of the tail.

  And for the most part kept their distance from the 'intruding' boat!  However, on one of their appearances to the surface, they cruised past the side of the vessel and demonstrated how impressive and majestic these creatures really are...needless to say every man and his dog couldn't help but grin like a child in a sweet shop! :-)

This was by no means the end of our thrills, oh no sir!  Upon reaching the second pod of whales one of them decided to 'show off' and treats us to a fine 'breaching' performance.  If you have never seen such an event, trust me, it is one of the most impressive sights you can see!  Pleasingly for us the whales were not content with this one hit wonder, oh no!  They promptly engaged their hypnotised audience with their full repotoire of behaviours...Tail Slap, Fluke Up Dive, Mugging, and my personal favourite (purely for comedy value) the Pectoral Slap.  Which entails the whale slapping their fin against the water several times.  On several occasions they came within a couple of metres of the boat to pop up and say hello due to their inquisitive nature.  And, to show off a little bit of course! :-)

To sum up, this was one of the most enjoyable experiences I have had.  Certainly in terms of watching wildlife in their natural environments...truly inspirational and would highly recommend it to anyone!! :-) :-)

 

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Sydneys skyline form the sea
Sydney's skyline form the sea
The first pod of humpback whales
The first pod of humpback whales
The second pod of whales
The second pod of whales
Crusing past the boat to have a lo…
Crusing past the boat to have a l…
Mugging, apparently!
Mugging, apparently!
Beautifal creatures
Beautifal creatures
A Fluke Up Dive
A Fluke Up Dive
A joint Mugging
A joint 'Mugging'
The start of the Pectoral Slap
The start of the 'Pectoral Slap'
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photo by: Sunflower300