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 …
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.
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?