03 August 2008

A whale of a time

On Saturday we went out on a whale watching trip with Lloyd, from Raggy Charters. It was a round trip, of just over three hours, from the harbour to Brenton Island and then around St Croix and Jahleel Islands, past the new deep water port at Coega and back along the coast to the harbour.


Lloyd warned us not to be disappointed if we did not see any whales, but to sit back and enjoy the trip, because there was so much to see. The first sighting was the spout of a Bryde's Whale, which was not very cooperative and disappeared very quickly. These whales live permanently in the Bay and are quite shy and seldom seen.

"There she blows!"


On the return trip just past Coega we came across a pair of Southern Right Whales, just beyond the breakers, which did not disappoint us. All our earlier sightings have been of little specs in the distance, photographed from the shore. I did post some pictures once, but never again.

We spent about twenty minutes (the maximum legal limit) watching this pair and left.


All I can say is, "Wow what a trip. It was corth every cent". If you live in Port Elizabeth and have never done it, take the plunge, you will not regret it.

For more pictures of these whales go to Port Elizabeth Daily Photo.

13 comments:

Cheesy said...

OMG I am so jealous!!!

david mcmahon said...

Great shots, Max

Whales get a mention in my first novel too.

Firefly said...

I'm a bit jealous too!!

Varjoyrtti said...

wow! a whale!

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

This is spectacular!! Living here in the mountains, I just don't see this. I would have to travel far to go whale watching!! This is truly amazing!!
Mountain Retreat

Susanne49 said...

What a wonderful experience to see the biggest fish on earth. That's what I want to do also once in my life. You made great pictures from the whale Max!

btw, thank you so much for your greetings on my blog to our recent anniversary. Yes, we are still in LOVE together like on the first day - to find the love of your life (after 50!)is a big gift in life!

RiverPoet said...

I love whales. Such amazing and beautiful creatures....

Peace - D

Kerri said...

Oh what a sight to see! Thanks for sharing these with us!!

Maria said...

WOW WHAT A TRIP ! :)

Katney said...

Wow!

Bob Johnson said...

What a whale of a tale,lol. great shots.

sonia a.m. said...

What a great trip, Max! Seeing whales looks wonderful! Great photos too!

LiD said...

I have been meaning to travel down the coast here in Victoria and see the whales. Your photos are wonderful and the proximity must have been awe-inspiring.