This is the last post in the “on the road” category until we set off on the next trip on the menu – time and destination at this point unknown. (Please note – the blog will continue on other themes as usual).
As I watched the wake at the end of today’s boat trip, I started to reflect on what will be stored in the memory bank. Not in any particular order, here’s a selection for deposit.
tides writ large from the air
good coffee in out-of-the-way places
tall features in the desert
alcoholic ginger beer at Matso’s
white sand beaches
evidence of road conditions
over 17,000 kilometres
awesome aerial views
Yesterday the wind was blowing at 20 knots, twice the rate it was today. The sea swell was around 1.4 metres as we set off to Platypus Bay to see humpback whales.
This map is from Queensland-Australia.com and is provided for my map-loving reader as a last indicator of where we are at the end of our 12 week adventure.
From the marina, it was nearly an hour before we were in the whales’ rest and recreation area. The mothers certainly need the rest after giving birth to their calves and before heading back to Antarctic waters. Hervey Bay is where mother whales fatten up their ‘small’ ones with up to 200 litres of milk per day before heading back to their own food source of krill in the Southern Ocean.
I was hopeful of catching some magic shots of breaching and tail waving. Instead we were treated to mostly mother and calf pods. As the calves are feeding (and with 200 litres to consume it must be for a good portion of the day), they were the ones surfacing for a breather before the next drink. We saw the occasional mother near the surface. They apparently tend to stay underwater in either vertical or sideways position to feed their offspring. The males were even less obvious, although the hydrophone dropped in to the water indicated that they were around as pod escorts.
The large swell and the necessity to mostly hang on to the boat (and the camera) meant that today’s shots were going to be hit or miss. This is the best of a blurry lot.