You could be forgiven for thinking this is a picture of our twin tub washing machine going overboard… Captain Spin McKnotty tried to cram a whole laundry load into the spin tub and fried the motor. Leave him in charge of the laundry operations and see where it gets us!
No, this is a picture of 40 tons of blubber landing next to Take It Easy after doing a full breach! Serious body slamming!
Early afternoon on Sunday we left Port Stephens and headed for an overnight stay at the nearby island of Broughton. On the way we saw 3 or 4 Humpback Whales. You first see a blow in the distance, then their back, or a pectoral fin.
But then two decided to breach verrry cccclose on either side of the boat as we were sailing. “Which way do I go?” asked Wade as one cut right across our bows and launched itself clear out of the water on our port side. “Go right… oh no… There’s another one doing the same on that side too!” At this point I decided to sit down on the deck, camera in hand, fully expecting to lose my balance in the shock waves! “I’m a bit scared now!” And they do something like that then disappear for a few minutes and you can hear the Jaws music playing very loudly!
It was the most astounding spectacle, but just a tad close. You see whales tail slapping and waving their pectoral fins often at a respectable distance, but witnessing their exuberant breaching right next to Take It Easy was very exciting. In my surprise and awe I did not get the clearest of shots of the bodies launching into the air, but you will get the idea of these amazing sightings.
Sunrise at Providence Beach the next morning was like a stairway to heaven. We felt blessed in this serene seascape.
We enjoyed an early morning walk with Bengie and saw lots of bird. We will make a proper stop on the way back down to fully appreciate this beautiful island… Something to look forward to.
We left later on Monday morning, headed for Forster-Tuncarry. Along the way we saw dozens of whales, but at a distance.
And today as we post this, we are sailing to Camden Haven and Laurieton where we expect to stay for a few days while the northerlies return.
Enjoy the gallery and do click on the first image to see the series in full screen!