Whale time

whale watching

patience is needed

thar she blows

Jill and I have been away for a few days down the West Coast of Victoria to Warrnambool my old home town of teenage years. The main reason was to catch up with some dear family friends going back to those teenage years and photograph birds. We also hoped to see the first of this season’s Southern Right Whales as they return down the Australian east coast for birthing in what is their traditional nursery in this particular section of the South West Victorian coast. Whales lived in virtual paradise here until the English invasion of 1788. Whale oil was in high demand and within  10 years whalers and sealers hunted along the Victorian coastline slaughtering both species in their thousands. Whaling officially ended in Australia in 1978 with the closure of the last station hunting Sperm and Humpback whales off the South West corner of Western Australia at Albany. To see these beautiful mammals and the care shown by mothers to babies brings thousands of people to Warrnambool from June to November. Whale watching is also popular right down the entire Eastern seaboard.  We were staying just near the Whale watching platform and visited there on our third day. After looking keenly out to sea for 10 minutes along with many other people a voice suddenly called out “there she blows” someone else called there might be a baby. The whale or whales were  some hundreds of metres off the beach and the telephoto lens shots just give  an idea of their presence. We were so lucky.

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20 thoughts on “Whale time

  1. This is so beautiful…. should be so enjoyable and exciting. Thank you dear Denis, for sharing with us too. I loved the photographs and your haiku words express the moments… Love, nia

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  2. Hi Denis! How exciting! Love the haiku. Your post brought back fond memories for me. A few years back I went on a whale watching expedition in Alaska. We were supposed to see humpbacks and we did, but to our surprise we ran into Orcas as well! It was so exciting! Things did get a little scary at one point when two orcas came very close to our boat. It was an amazing experience and one I’ll never forget. 🙂 xx

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    1. Thanks Vashti. These big marine mammals certainly do something to our sense of significance especially if they are close by in the water. Australia has an ongoing concern with the stupidity of Japan’s scientific whaling expeditions . Thanks to Sea Shepard they don’t get away lightly.

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  3. Patience is needed for whale watching but it’s so worth it when you see some. So lucky you were able to photo the moment … to go with your haiku 🙂 I as usual also enjoyed your story and history…though destructive whale hunting is very sad.

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