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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Not one but... FOUR Humpback Whales!

It was another great morning out on the boat as we spotted dolphins and they seemed to be putting on a show for us. We witnessed the lot when it comes to dolphin behaviour... belly up swimming, jumps and leaps, tail and pectoral fin slaps, spy hopping, rubbing and even some mating!

Once the sighting finished we continued to head for the Kisite Marine Park, to snorkel transect 10 - where you find yourself surrounded by hundreds of beautifully coloured tropical fish. However on our way there... we saw a massive blow in the distance... it could only be a Humpback Whale! The previous day we had heard stories of 7 whales spotted together near Kisite Marine Park and we all got very excited!!

Two of the four Humpback Whales spotted!
As we turned the boat to head closer to the place we had spotted the blow, out of nowhere a massive whale jumped out the water! It was like something out of a David Attenborough documentary! And that wasn't the end of it by any means! We realised there was more than one whale and they were taking turns breaching. You really do suddenly get a grasp on their immense size when they're flying through the air! As they continued to entertain us with acts of lob tailing, tail dives and pectoral fin slaps. We cruised alongside the  group of 4 humpback whales for a while until we had to leave them and say our sad farewell as they headed for the deeper ocean.

The whales entertained us with continuous lob tailing!
As my last day, this couldn't have been a better way to end my time on the marine research programmes!