Whale watching on Annecam
11 July 2019 | Burnett River, Burnett Heads, Queensland, Australia.
Cam "H" | Calm, fine and clear
A short, day sail turned into a spot of whale watching on Annecam.
It is almost the middle of winter here in Australia and it just happens to be the best time to be out on the water in this part of the world, the wind was hardly strong enough to ruffle the water, the clouds were light and fluffy, it was nice and warm and we found whale, or I should say they found us.
As I was leaving the port, I gave Marine Rescue a call on our vhf radio to be placed on their watch log. It is a courtesy to log each intended voyage with the name of the vessel, the registration, the number of persons on board, the intended location where we will be sailing, contact details and the estimated time back in port. It was at the end of the radio call that the Marine Rescue radio operator informed me that they had a report of a whale sighting off Kellies Beach at Bargara, so that was my destination.
The lack of breeze would turn a short 5 to 6 nautical mile journey into a painful 2.5-hour sail. It was on with our cast iron topsail and I was down there in an hour.
It did not take long before I spotted the first whale, I had sailed past it without spotting it, I had to turn around and make my way back. I positioned Annecam about 200 metres abeam to the whale, the rules state that you can get as close as 100 metres and only from the side, never in front or from behind but someone forgot to tell the whale. This beautiful Humpback slid below the waves and popped up about 75 metres away, I quickly tacked to increase the distance but the whale turned again to be a little closer, we played this game of cat and mouse several more times before I spotted a very young calf ridding on top of it’s mother. I turned away again and headed south and it did not take long before I found another one resting on the surface, this second one was a bit shy and disappeared below the waves when I was still about 300 metres away.
I managed to capture some video of these majestic creatures, so here it is.
The photo is the calf riding on its mother.
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