The madness of whales

Trip Start Jul 27, 2004
Trip End Dec 21, 2004

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Thursday, September 2, 2004

Well we arrived in Hervey Bay eventually (see previous entry) and booked into a lovely beach front campsite and immediately booked ourselves onto a whale watching trip as at this time of year pods of hump back whales are resting in the bay on their annual migration.

So after an eventful morning (see previos entry again) we were on the bus taking us to the harbour where we boarded our boat. The boat was quite big with 2 floors and a deck that ran all the way around the edge (which turned out to be very useful when chasing whales around the boat) and was owned by Whaleplanet.

We sailed for about 1 hour into the bay and then came across our first hump back whale, we saw 10 whales in all along with a dolphin and a shark.

2 of the whales seemed to like our boat quite a lot and stayed with us for 1 1/2 hours just swimming around the boat. They were so close that if you had reached out your hand you could have touched them, although they had loads of barnacles on them and were massive so you wouldn't have wanted too! They were complete show offs and were slapping their tails and pectoral fins on the water and kind of waving at us. They were rolling over and swimming on their backs and just poking their heads out of the water vertically to get a good look at us. They enjoyed spraying everyone with their blow hole snot which smelt disgusting and was apparently full of bacteria - nice!!

After such a good trip we just chilled on the campsite bafore we went to the local pub. On the way to the pub we witnessed the weirdest thing, you know when birds all fly together somewhere in a massive flock, well we saw the same but with thousands of bats! Paul was too slow working out how to get the night vision on his camera so no pics sorry.

Well we eventually got to the pub and what an experience, it was full of loads of drunk locals with weird mullet hairstyles, and biker jackets. Paul saw begbie from trainspotting, or so he thought. During all of this there was lots of pool playing and a big wheel of fortune going on. Just after we had got our first drink a bouncer came over and asked Kerry for ID!! She didn't have any on her but managed to convince him that she was in fact 29 and not 17 as he thought (21 was his second guess)so she had to be given a stamp to prove she could drink alcohol. It was very funny, but a little embarassing so we only stayed for a couple of drinks and then went home to Julie.

Whilst we were at the garage (see previous entry) we hired a 4x4 car and will be spending the next couple of days over on Fraser Island so spaek to you soon. xxxxx
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