During my summer vacation, I went whale watching for the first time. Driving only 3 hours from home, it is possible to embark on a small boat for a cruise to observe these fascinating mammals closer.
The company with which we booked operates a very comfortable boat with window panes all around and seats that were recovered from an old airplane! With young children, it makes navigation easier. In addition, you are allowed afford to get up and look around, which is not possible with a zodiac type boat where people are seating side by side on the edge of the ship for the entire duration of the activity.
We sailed for a while to get away from the harbor and then we began to see fins and whale spouts above the waves. By the way did you know that these mists are actually warm air? Yes, all whales have to surface to breath and when they exhale they produce warm air from the blowhole on the top of their heads. Based on the shape and height of the spout, it is possible to tell what can of whale you are about to see. We were lucky because several whales also pulled their tail out of the water and one of them even came to see us up close. The whale looked at us with a curious eye while swimming just a meter away from the boat.
The whales we have seen are fin whales and humpback whales. It is not easy to distinguish them from each other, but luckily our captain was very knowledgeable. It was special to see them swimming around and exhaling water. It’s a life form that is so far from ours! On the other hand, even when they go out to breathe, we can only see a small part of their massive presence. We must work our imagination to represent the entire whale.
Challenge for YOU
If you can, take the opportunity to go see the whales too! It’s worth doing at least once in a lifetime, don’t you think?