We saw our first blue whale of the season today! We had been wrestling with uncooperative equipment for a while and had just switched to manual observations when we received a call from Chris down on the point.
“Did you see it?” he said.
“See what?” we asked.
“The blue! 500m offshore coming this way!“
And sure enough a few minutes later up popped our blue whale! It surfaced three times before sliding beneath the surface once again.
Cue excited screams all round.
“I can’t believe how big it is!” squeeled Angela. “It’s massive!“
Our bluey surfaced a few more times over the next 25mins before disappearing round the point. We decided to call it a day, as the rain clouds loomed overhead.
Apart from our magnificent blue whale, we also saw several humpback whale pods. Quite a few of the animals were active at the surface, including a breaching mum and calf a few kilometers out.
Hopefully a good sign for the rest of the season!