Monday, July 30, 2007

Whales

To say I've had an interesting trip on the Wanderbird would be somewhat of an understatement.

WhalesThe biggest single surprise was the number of whales I got to see.

I had always been led to believe that the oceans were pretty much bare when it came to whales, and that we would have to search long and hard to find even one. Not so.

We were no more than fifteen minutes outside of St Johns, Newfoundland, when we saw our first whales, a group of at least three of them.

As I had joined the Wanderbird on a section of their voyage travelling directly from St Johns to St Anthony in Newfoundland, with no passengers, we had no time to stop and check out the wildlife.

On the passenger voyages Rick and Karen would go out of their way and stop a while. Allowing passengers to experience the whales, and other wildlife, up close.

In total, over two days I think we probably saw easily over fifty whales, sometimes only the spray of their 'blow' in the distance and some much closer, including the humpback whale in the picture which followed us for a short while.

The best sighting, sadly too far away for my camera, was of a couple of whales playing. We could see them slapping their tails on the surface and breaching over and over again. Quite some sight.

I was told that at St Anthony, just a few days earlier, some killer whales had been seen killing and eating a minke whale.

This has definitely wet my appetite for more.

2 comments:

  1. Anonymous12:26 AM

    Tim...maybe the Wanderbird crew got that whale trained to follow their ship ??? maybe they feed him fish scraps ????.Tony Roberts

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  2. Hi Tony

    It wouldn't exactly be eco-cruising if they chucked stuff over the side, now would it?

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