Monday, July 13, 2009


Early Sunday morning we made our way to Circular Quay on the ferry to....
celebrate my sister in law Helen's Birthday (a few days early)!!!

Me & Murray on the boat

The sky was ominous and a bit rainy - but the sun DID peek through now & then

Our surprise was that we took her out Whale Watching!!!

I screamed the first time this huge humpback whale came RIGHT by our boat! It was SO exciting! They are the size of a bus! No joke. Just the head is like the size of my little car!

diving back under

and down with a huge splash

Helen & Murray up on the viewing deck - lucky we wore our waterproof jackets - it was rainy & the wind was freezing!

The whales did about 30 breaches - it was AMAZING. Their pectoral fins were SO long and floppy when they flew out of the water they looked like wings!

Doing the backstroke

Adults range in length from 12–16 metres (40–50 ft)

We followed these two whales for about an hour and a half - they took turns leaping out of the water

They weigh approximately 36,000 kilograms (79,000 pounds)

Waving HELLO

They really are SO amazing - we were totally entranced

It was THE most amazing whale watching experience we have ever had. They breached about 30 times...

and at times they were SO close. Wildlife is just Amazing.

They are heading North to their breeding grounds in Northern Australia where the water is warmer.

Their babies can't swim when they are born, so they also need to be in calm water (which is why they stay near the reefs) so they can hold the babies up to breathe and keep an eye out for predators.

Humpback whales typically migrate up to 25,000 kilometers each year.

The final tail 'fluke' of the day and they were gone.

What an amazing day!


  1. Those pictures are amazing!! Wow, so cool!

  2. Looks like a truly amazing experience for you guys! However, it is also truly my very worst nightmare. I have a *massive* fear of large sea animals. In fact, my stomach turned and my heart fluttered a bit just looking at these pics.

    But, you know - good for YOU guys :)

  3. Wow, what an incredible whale watch! You got to see so much!!! Hooray!
    Humpacks are such amazing animals, look at those beautiful pictures!

  4. Happy Birthday, Helen. What a memorable way to celebrate a birthday. Love, Deb and John