It was my BIRTHDAY – Whoo Hoo! – and this Pommie was going Whale Watching. It very nearly didn’t happen due to the WORST WEATHER ever seen in Sydney – it was pretty bad – flooding, rain, winds – FOR A WHOLE WEEK. On the first day that it slightly calmed down – the day AFTER my birthday – we chanced it.
The seas were pretty rough still, and at the start they offered for anyone to re-book without cost, due to the high seas – GULP! However, we were taking no chances, and we took some seasickness prevention pills – this is the first time I’ve ever tried these – looks like they might have worked. There were definitely some seasick people on the boat – BUT NOT US 🙂
We did see whales – and some of them very close up – but they weren’t being very active – not even a tail in the air – LOSER WHALES. Still, it was great to see them, and we’ll surely go again to make sure we see them jumping out of the water. It’s called ‘breaching‘ – and apparently they REALLY DO jump totally out of the water! (This is Humpback Whales we are talking about – common around Sydney in winter/spring time)
It’s quite hard to take good pictures with a portable camera and no big zoom, so they have an onboard photographer who takes pictures and sells you a CD of them at the end – so you’ve got a picture of the whale that you actually saw 🙂
They also throw in some ‘highlight’ pics from other trips, so you can see just how unspectacular your particular whale was compared to other more exciting whales.