Monday, 8 August 2011

My World Tuesday - A Whale of a time

I’ve mentioned this before but I have a fondness for found objects and chance encounters. I don’t really like the experience of organized tours, where people talk about guarantees of seeing things, or offer refunds if the “insert target animals here” do not show up. (But to be honest here, if I got the chance to go look at the big game in Africa I’d go, misgivings or not!)




When we were on Magnetic Island we hired a boat (and a driver!) for the day, for a round the island trip. It was great. Beaches you don’t normally get to. Different views of beaches you can get to. As we were leaving one beach we had the classic “there she blows” experience as a whale and her calf hit the surface a few 100 metres away. The mother then did the classic fluke wave and both whales moved towards us.









This was wonderful. The whales, which were almost certainly Humpback Whales, were not due to be around the island for another month or so. It would be fair to say that there was a bit of excitement on the boat! Both of my small people got really good views. After a short while the whales swam straight towards the boat – I had to stop taking pictures because they were too close! The idea of a wide angle shot of a whale was a bit too much for my brain to deal with. Both mother and calf swam under the boat – and although we were in no danger at all the phrase “were going to need a bigger boat!” came to mind.





In the end the whales moved off down the coast. It was just the five of us in a smallish boat, with two whales and the ocean. As found objects go, that’s a pretty rare find.


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13 comments:

EG Wow said...

Very serendipitous! And wonderful, too! I could not have been better if you tried. :)

TexWisGirl said...

oh, this must have been awesome! 'we're gonna need a bigger boat' indeed! :)

Gary said...

Great post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Snap said...

Stupendous! Humpbacks are such magnificent mammals. What a treat!

Sylvia K said...

What a fantastic adventure, Stewart! Marvelous captures! Have to admit that I'm a bit envious!! But very happy for you! Enjoy your week!


Sylvia

forgetmenot said...

What a treat you had--how exciting to see humpback whales. Thanks for sharing. Mickie ;)

ladyfi said...

What an amazing adventure! Your shots are wonderful. I remember swimming with a whale once up at the Barrier Reef. They are magnificent creatures!

fjällripan said...

So wonderful to see! Great captures to!
Have a nice day :)

eileeninmd said...

Wow, what a great sighting and your photos are awesome. I would love to have been there too.

Arija said...

Stewart, what a magical experience to have the whales there just for you, as though God had given you a special gift. I have had that feeling with a sunrise rainbow where I know I am the only person seeing it.
Wonderful photos, you could have done with a fish-eye to capture boat and whales in one shot.

PS There is no hope of flowers in my little elm wood. The land has been degraded over 150 years and hardly anything grows under the trees. At least in spring it is a-twitter with birds.

Sivinden said...

This must have been a great experience! - well documented.

NatureFootstep said...

seeing the whales is a thing you never forget. It is a maravel.

And, take good care of the waders when they arrive. :)

Martha Z said...

It is such a treat to view these magnificent creatures up close and persona. Thanks for sharing.