So here we are now with my TOP 3 whale encounters. Hilariously, these have all happened either ON or around my birthday. I’m not saying that has anything to do with anything but… 🤷🏻♀️😜
#3 Held hostage by P!nk-loving whales!
I realise most of you are probably going “What the hell is she sniffing?” 😂 Allow me to explain.
Late last July, a couple of days after my birthday, I went out whale watching with Tweed Gold Coast Dive Charters (owner Dave, his wife Tammie plus there were a few Instagram friends also on board!). We left from Tweed, hit the open ocean at the Tweed Bar (basically right beside the NSW/QLD border), and headed further offshore in search of humpies.
And then we proceeded to have our MINDS BLOWN for over 3 hours.
Up CLOSE (!) and personal
We came across a few pairs that would chop and change travelling partners but there were two in particular that ended up hanging around the boat for AGES. And when I say ‘hanging around the boat’ I mean… they were basically within touching distance, they were so close. They’d come right in beside us, mugging the boat and having a good old look, move off a little, then come back around and do it all over again!
They were honestly so close that I couldn’t zoom out far enough to get a decent shot! I was using a 70-300mm lens on my camera. The 70mm isn’t wide but it’s not really THAT much zoom either so when you look at the photos, you’ll see what I mean.
But the P!nk thing…?
As for the P!nk thing… well. Dave and Tam had some music playing in the background and the playlist had a lot of P!nk on it. Without a word of a lie we got the distinct impression that the whales kind of LOVED it. I swear to God, we’d turn the music up and they’d come in closer and just sit right beside us!!! It was the most bizarre, AMAZING thing.
This went on for… I don’t even know how long. Time seems to sort of become meaningless at that point! But it would have been a couple of hours at least. We were, essentially, being held hostage by these beautifully chilled and playful animals (who just happen to be 30-40 tonne EACH). 😂 First world problem, right?
Eventually we just sat back and let them continue heading north (they were still on their northbound migration).
I had to go back to the original post I did back when the trip first happened because I’d forgotten some of what went down. These were the things I forgot: “We had tails, round out dives, peduncle throws, breaching, spyhops, head lunges, pec fin slapping, rolling over, bellies exposed, bubbles… we had it all!” Um, yep! That pretty much covers it! 😍
Honestly, it was such an incredible experience. Such an EPIC day. And I HIGHLY recommend you guys check out Tweed Gold Coast Dive Charters this year (assuming we can all start going again) if you’re in the area and want to go whale watching. SO good. SO SO GOOD.
What experiences have you had that rate up there in your Top 3? With or without whales. 😉 Let me know in the comments!
Want to see what other encounters of mine make the list? Check out my Top Whale Encounters.