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Published: June 13th 2017
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It was an early start for the drive up to Hervey Bay for our all day Whale watching trip, whilst we waited on the pontoon for everyone to assemble we were given buns to feed the Pelicans who had gathered obviously knowing a free meal was on hand.
Hervey Bay is the Humpback Whale's nursery they come each year between July and November to give birth in these safe warm waters, so expectations are high. having set off we were given a briefing about what to expect the history of the area and what Whales we could possibly see, the vast majority being Humpbacks. The skipper and his wife put on a magnificent mid-morning spread of tea, coffee, scones, jam, and profiteroles.
Shortly afterwards we were in amongst the Whales, it's difficult to describe the scene developing right before our eyes, they were everywhere it was so difficult to take photos for as soon as you did you missed a better shot right in front of you it took quite a while to calm down and accepted that we were just surrounded by Whales, a 180° scan of the horizon literally showed pod after pod of
Whales breaching, tail slapping, Pectoral fin slaps, and waving, they swam around the boat, alongside it, and under it we couldn't get enough. We were excited, mesmerised, ecstatic.
After a couple of hours, a wonderful buffet was set out consisting of chicken, ham, other cold meats, prawns, mixed salads, potato salad, and dressings, along with fresh bread all made by the husband and wife team. mid-afternoon there was fresh fruit and platters of water melon.
Eventually after hundreds of photos, and full stomachs, we slowly made our way back to the marina. After about an hour I began to feel decidedly off and went downstairs, just as we entered the marina I had to run to the head. I managed to get the toilet seat up, but too late projectile vomit hit the seat and in a small confined space went everywhere and I mean everywhere. I cleaned down what I could but soon ran out of paper, after a quick wash I exited and went to the skipper to apologise for the mayhem below, he said don't worry it happens and got some rag and a bucket, but I told him he'd need to hose
the place out first it was that bad, feeling weak and embarrassed I exited the boat.
When we got back to the resort I went to reception to get the Wi-Fi code only to be told that the I.T. people had left for the day and hadn't leave a code for me as I hadn't swiped my credit card. I explained that I arrived after reception closed yesterday and left early this morning and hadn't been informed of the need but I was obviously talking to myself, not in the best frame of mind as I felt a need coming on I let them take a swipe of my card before exiting hurriedly, what a disappointing end to an otherwise fantastic day.
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