Whales, Whales and more Whales

Trip Start Jun 15, 2011
Trip End Jun 01, 2012

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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Friday, October 14, 2011

In the winter months Sydney gets to see a large number of Humpback whales during their migration and we have been very spoiled with the number of Whales and Dolphins we have seen from Sydney this year. Several times we have been sat in the flat and spotted movement in the harbour only to find out that it's a humpback Whale who's come into the harbour to say hi on his way down south or a pod of dolphins racing around the harbour. It's one of the best things about sitting in a living room with a sea view and we have now got a reputation for being the ones who spot all the Dolphins and Whales. Perhaps that's something to do with not having full-time jobs and therefore having more time to sit around looking for movement in the water. Apparently this year was one of the best ever for whale watching as the humpback populations have increased significantly. It's not that long ago that humpback whales were endangered because of the booming whaling industry!

One morning we were sat in the lounge eating our breakfast and I spotted something moving through the water just outside the flat. When I realised it was dolphins I told everyone and and we all ran outside to take photos and follow them as they came right up to the beach. I really wanted to swim with them or jump in a kayak but as quickly as they appeared they were gone and there was no way I would have been able to get in the water and get to them quickly enough. Subsequently we have also seen dolphins from the ferry half a dozen times which really makes the journey to work a bit more exciting. My colleagues hate me because all they see on their way to work is traffic!

A few weeks ago Katy and I had went hiking from Manly up to the Sydney North head, which has incredible views over the ocean and across the harbour. While we were there we met a lady who worked there called Annie who is a whale expert and enthusiast. She pointed out some humpbacks jumping out the water which we could see from the coast and told us about an awesome deal available to go on a whale watching boat from the city. So, as well as seeing the whales and dolphins from the flat and from the beach we went on a whale watching boat out to sea where we must have seen at least 8 whales as well as a small pod of dolphins just in one afternoon

The best ones for us were a mother and calf who we followed for about an hour. The calf was very excitable constantly leaping out of the water which was amazing for us and we took a LOT of photos. Annie (the expert whale lady) said that she didn't think she had seen one that active before, and it was a good day for her because just that morning they had spotted an albino humpback whale calf which is incredibly rare and made national news. The only downside to the trip was that it was a bit rocky and a large number of the passengers got sea sick which meant that every second person was sat down holding a bag of sick...... on the up-side it meant there were less people to get in our way of seeing the whales!

So, I think it's safe to say that we have definitely had the Whale experience. I guess all that's left for us to do is to go swimming with some humpbacks but I think we'll leave that for now as when you see them in real life you realise just how enormous they are. 

Nature is awesome! 
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