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Whale Watching

28 October 2006

Earlier this year I won a free Whale Watching Eco-Adventure at Mills Charters. We bought another ticket for my husband and booked for this weekend. It was INCREDIBLE!

The day could not have been more perfect. The weather was stunning. No wind. No waves. The ocean was as flat as a pond. And most importantly, the ride in the boat was smooth and cruisey.

About 30 minutes after setting off, we found a pod of 4 whales. I ran up to the bow of the boat and took heaps of great photos! We followed them for quite a bit. Just watching them heave up and dive down. Their huge dark shadows slowly breaking the surface of the still waters. Occasionally showing a bit of tail. It was very cool.

The whole experience was exactly what you’d expect from watching whales – being filled with amazement, sense of serenity, majesty, mystery, awe and calmness. Anger towards whaling, helplessness towards global warming and environment pollution.

My only amusing story to report – my husband and I used be regular scuba divers, and we’ve both had some pretty rough boat rides off the WA coast – (imagine 14 people crammed onto a small boat, riding through rain and storm, all throwing up and urinating onto the deck, and you, holding on with your dear life while huge waves crash into your side of the boat, drenching you with water, threatening to drag you overboard).

So we both instinctively prepared ourselves for the worst. We packed towels, spare wet weather jackets, drink bottles, dry biscuits, sea sick tablets, sun cream, wore our crappiest jeans, shoes, hats and sunnies (in case we lost them), and fastened every valuable item against our body. We looked like a ridiculous pair of seasoned sea dogs.

And lo and behold, the boat was complete luxury! The deck was carpeted! They were giving away free drinks, fruitcake and Tim Tams! There were little grannies dressed in their Sunday best. And a bunch of young woman wearing red stilettos and expensive grey skinnies. It was all very amusing. I like to think if we ended up stranded on a deserted island, my dry bisucits would most certainly make me the Alpha Woman.