Adventures of Jacqui and Paul
I really cant put into words how unbelievably amazingly incredible today was!!! You have to look at the photos but even they probably don't do it justice...compared to actually being there. Today's activity was Whale Watching. Yet another early day to make our departure to the Blue Dolphin II. I was a little apprehensive of what to expect...and even wondering if we would actually see anything of any significance as I had previously been on a "whale watching cruise" in Boston which was rather disappointing as we hardly saw anything and everyone was throwing up the entire time. The first two whales we saw weren't really very active as they were just floating, but to be honest to even see them so big and clear just under the surface of the water was pretty impressive. The next two we came across were actually "breaching" right in front of the boat, this means they were playing basically, these huge most magnificent creatures were throwing themselves out of the water and slamming their bodies back down onto the water... in addition to raising their pectoral fins against the waters surface, this looked like they were slapping each other on the head angrily, which was quite amusing, it was AMAZING!!!!!!!! We were very lucky as the whales must have put on this show for a good half an hour, and must have thrown their bodies out of the water about 15 times. We got some incredible photos...as you can see. They were also raising their tails high out of the water so majestically, it was such a special thing to experience. This was confirmed by the fact that even the guides on the boat were getting their cameras and video cameras out to photograph and film the beautiful site. During lunch on the boat one very friendly whale came right up to the boat and very slowly raised its tail, extremely high out of the water and then dived under...this meant we got some even more amazing photos!!! if it was possible....well Paul did...I was actually eating at the time but Paul was there ready with the camera as usual. Just before this happened a male whale was very close to the boat and was singing....so loudly that we could actually hear him without the aid of an underwater microphone, I even managed to record some of It on my phone, as it was such an unusual thing to hear...especially live, everyone on the boat really enjoyed that. To top it off just before we headed back to the jetty we saw a mother and its calf swimming through the water which was just lovely and really completed the day. we didn't just see whales we also saw a lot of dolphins who seemed a little disappointed they weren't getting any attention as well as all sorts of different birds...some diving into the water to catch fish. It was such an amazingly special perfect day, it could not have been any more perfect. The sea was so calm, the sun was shining and we managed to see so much, you really couldn't top it, The guide said that to experience even just one of the things we did would be amazing and doesn't happen very often but to have experiences it all at once on one day was just so lucky. The next day was fairly dull compared to the last, our bus to Rainbow beach wasn't until late afternoon so we spent the day sitting on the beach mostly watching hundreds of little crabs running around.