Having a whale of a time at Woody

I’ve posted about whales before, but it’s such a thrill seeing them that I’m going to do it again.

This time at Woody Head yesterday, a female and calf migrating south were tail-slapping and leaping out of the water. Quite a lot of people were lined up along the beach watching them. This is what we saw from the edge of the rock platform.

Here’s a close-up of that moment …

Mum humpback breaching

The young one, of much smaller size, was mimicking her movements – blowing, jumping and tail-slapping after her.

Thanks to Peter for his photo of the twin tail-slaps below.

Tandem tail-slapping; photo by Peter Scharf

Leaping leviathan

Sploosh! Falling back into the ocean

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more

Roll over; photo by Peter Scharf

I took some video footage of full-body leaps out of the water – awesome. Once I learn how to edit out the boring bits between jumps, I’ll post it.

The photos don’t show it, but towards the end of the viewing a big rain and electrical storm moved in over the ocean a few kilometres north. The many cloud-to-sea lightning strikes looked pink. It made me wonder – do whales ever get struck by lightning?

This entry was posted in The sea, Travels and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to Having a whale of a time at Woody

  1. Rebecca says:

    Oh my goodness. I’ve seen whales before, both gray and humpback, but only swimming along sedately so that you saw their backs when they surfaced and an occasional glimpse of their flukes when they dove – nothing like this. Wow.

  2. clydeviewer says:

    Lucky you – what a spectacular sight. The most exciting whale I’ve seen in the Clyde is a Minke – nothing like your shots! Brilliant …

  3. Joy Window says:

    Hello to you in Scotland! We have dwarf minkes in northern Australia between May and August, but I’ve never seen one. I feel a field trip coming on next year …

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s