Whales 31 August, 2009   2 comments

Our last day of winter and today it felt like it. After the extremely warm temperatures we have been experiencing of late, it was quite a shock to the system to have such a drop in temperature. Maybe the cooler day is what got the whales a little more active today.

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Our first sighting was of a lone whale with a rather unusual dorsal heading in a southerly direction. Jason the skipper thought that the white scarring in front of the dorsal could be from a shark bite. You will see that it appears to have an odd shape.

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This particular whale was spending a lot of time on the surface and had very short down times. You should have heard me cheer him on when he jumped out of the water. The first jump, I simply watched and enjoyed. The second and third I caught on camera.

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After some time we saw another whale ahead of the boat and thinking it was the same whale, we followed. A closer look through my lens showed me the dorsal was different and we had another whale. Looking behind to find the unusual dorsal whale that we called “Chunky”, we found yet another whale. This time it was identified as being different from its fluke.

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A rare black fluke.

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We now had 3 whales in very close proximity and not coming to the surface a great deal. The breaching may have well been the whales way of communicating with each other.

In the distance I watched and counted a whale breach 9 times on the horizon, one after the other, with no break in between. Skipper turned the boat in that direction but when we got to the area where the whale had been spotted, there was not a sign of the whale, not a blow. We turned around and headed back to the 3 whales. When we reached them we discovered they had all come together and had now changed direction so they were going north.

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Eventually we had to leave the pod of 3 and head back to the seaway. What happened next still astounds me as I recall it. Chunky appeared to be leading the pod and they picked up an incredible amount of speed and proceeded to follow the boat. We stopped a little further on to see the bubbles made from another whale that had just taken a dive. Chunky and its mates appeared behind the boat still approaching. As we left them, all three whales started breaching and tail slapping. It was one of the most awesome sights. I asked Skipper to stop and spend some more time but unfortunately we were already late for our return.

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Posted August 31, 2009 by goldcoastwhales in Uncategorized

2 responses to “Whales 31 August, 2009

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  1. awesome Sandi..specially the black fluke

  2. Wonderful update and terrific photos!

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