21st July 2009

Yesterday we had a visit from a Southern Right whale. It swam right up to, and around us twice, before spending ½ an hour at the stern watching our propeller go around, we think.

(One of the crew reckoned the whale probably wished he had a tail like our prop…I won’t say who said THAT !!).

From over the stern, Sue got some great photos and I had the video camera rolling for most of the time. At one stage, he or she, was actually rubbing its barnacle covered nose on the side of the ship.

What fascinated me most about this whale was the sound of its breathing, it was more like the roar from a bull than the gushing sound we hear from the Sperm whales when they come close.

We see Sperm whales almost every day, and it is not uncommon to see up to ten whales within a mile of the ship.

A Southern Right whale wallowing off our stern while we slowly haul our long line.

A Sperm whale cruising past.

A Southern Right whale wallowing off our stern while we slowly haul our long line.

A Southern Right whale wallowing off our stern while we slowly haul our long line.

A very large Sperm whale diving.

A very large Sperm whale diving.

Rgds: John B.

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3 Responses to “21st July 2009”

  1. jazz Says:

    how very cool s that! Great photos not as nice as the photo of Francois but lol hope he is single thats Francois not the whale 🙂

  2. Tania Says:

    Gee some one else likes that spunkie Francois dam it i can give you my phone number if you want and you can call me when you get off, if you are single i can make you un single 🙂

  3. kevin boyle Says:

    Great blogs and great pics John B, keep them coming, from Jamie’s dad

    ps. is Jamie able to email me at above address? thanx.

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