Australia is one of the best places in the world to see whales with nearly 60 per cent of the world’s whales. The long east coast has a deep channel made famous from the Finding Nemo movie to transport these beautiful creatures from Antarctica and back each year during Winter and Spring time.
As the breeze hurled salty air into my face, I zipped up my jacket and held on to my camera. I had been lulled into a false sense of security by the gentle rocking of the boat inside the canal. This was an experience in itself as we made our way from behind Surfers Paradise, past houses of the rich and famous!
Although I was thankful for the jacket, the trip to pause for some viewing of these amazing mammals at first proved elusive. We all stood waiting, watching the lulls in the swell, but more often than not, it turned out to be just another peak, heading to the shore for some lucky surfer to ride… We all held our breath, waiting, as the captain and guides spoke to us about whales and potential sightings. We were trying our hardest to find just one!
Lucky for us the crew on board spotted a whale but it submerged not long after we had spotted it- was this going to be it?!
We were told there was another sighting of some whales and we made our way there quickly .. Wow- the suspense made it all worthwhile. We found a whale and a juvenile, probably hitching a ride on the ECA (the east Australian current).
We followed the whales for a while, as they cruised along, splashing, breaching and seeming to acknowledge us as adoring fans of their ability to move through the water. What a great experience. I can’t wait to head out again!