A Whale of a Time
Trip Start Feb 02, 2010
96Trip End Dec 23, 2010
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Having dumped my bags off, I decided to take one of the free bikes from the hostel and have a ride along the 20km esplande. This provided me with some good views of the still bay and beautiful beaches
I awoke the next day in somewhat of a panic as I was due to be picked up for my whale watching trip at 7am. However, my phone being the shit heap that it is has decided to stop making noises out of the speaker, thus rendering it pretty useless, especially at being an alarm. To cut a long story short, it was 7.30am and I had a lot of missed calls. I sprang out of bed and went to the road when luckily, I caught the bus coming back having picked everyone else up. Huzzah!
The whale watching was a day long affair on a 24 man catamaran called Shelah, of which 23 people were German. Das ist nicht so gut ja. Anywho, after about 1 hours sailing into the bay, we were in the thick of it with Humpback Whale pods in every direction. We could see them splashing about, fins all over the shop having (excuse the pun), a whale of a time
When we got back to shore, the captain told us that even he thought the day was amazing. It's usual to see them but pretty rare for them to come and play around us so often. According to him, the trick seems to be playing Moby for them, as apparently he was related to the author of Moby Dick, which as we all know, isn't about giant a giant phallus but in fact a whale. So there you have it, whales like Moby. But yes, anyone wanting to skip out Hervey Bay during the whale migration period (now) to the Arctic needs their head checking, it was one of the best days of my travelling thus far!