Tuesday, 3 July 2001

Stormy skies & rough seas - but whales too!

This morning the weather didn't look too promising but we set off for our first whale-watch. The sea was quite rough and some people were seasick, but we did see whales. There were a couple of blues but they didn't seem too keen on the boat and soon dived, only to reappear some way off.
We also saw quite a few humpbacks - these are quite blubbery, buoyant whales and need to raise their tail flukes into the air when they dive, which whale-watchers love! Each humpback has a pattern on the underside of its tail as distinctive as our fingerprints, and these are used to catalogue the whales for photo-identification.