The right place at the right time.
This headline is a phrase I use every time at the beginning of every trip. I also like to use the phrase: “It’s like a throwing a dice, you never know which side will turn up.” This is so true about whale watching. You might start off in excellent weather hoping the best and return home in a dour mood because nothing was to be seen. You might also sail out under a cold, grey sky and return home beaming with joy. There are so many random elements in this business. Meaning: It is never dull!
The weather was excellent when we sailed out of the harbour on our 10AM trip and we quickly spotted a whale spouting in the distance. When we got closer we saw that this was in fact two Humpback Whales. They did swim in beautiful synchronicity and it was obvious that these two were accustomed to our boats since they surfaced very close and seemed relaxed and happy. Suddenly we spotted another spout but this one seemed big! When we got a little closer our hopes were justified when a big and beautiful Blue Whale surfaced and let out a thunderous breath.
On the way home, while munching on cinnamon buns and gulping down hot chocolate, we spotted a group of White Beaked Dolphins. A perfect end to a perfect trip.
On our 1:30 PM trip we were intercepted by a lone Minke Whale that seemed very curious and swam close. We could not find the big blue again but our friends, the two Humpbacks were still around and were much more energetic, slapping their tails and one of them did breach. It was a wondrous sight indeed!