Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A close encounter of the whale kind

We had another close encounter to Humpback whales a couple of days ago.
Actually they got a lot closer to the ship than the first time around. I
woke up the other morning and heard someone outside my door says something
about whales. I was just about to go to the gym but decided I should check
out the whale sighting first. It was a very calm day out. The seas were
almost glassy, and the sun was peeking through the clouds. I went out to
the stern and saw at least 2 whales, not all that close, playing in the
distance. I watched for a bit and then proceeded to the gym. We were on
station. The cast was coming up in a couple of hours, and I needed to
start my day. I did my thing in the gym and when I returned to my room I
decided to grab my camera and take some pictures of the beautiful day
outside. Little did I know that the whales were still hanging out around
the ship. They had been around for at least 2-3 hours now. The were
closer to the stern, I was near the bow. As I stood there taking pictures
they slowly swam towards me. I could hear them making noises, both vocal
sounds and the noise of the water passing through their blow holes. It was
amazing. I don't think I have ever been so close to whales before. The
water was glassy and clear enough that I could see the rest of their bodies
under the water. It was a very cool experience. Hope you enjoy the