Whale Song

Today was very special for 2 reasons.  We had a close encounter with some of the planets largest inhabitants and ended the day with someone who is special to my family.

We woke up in Hervey Bay and all was calm.calm at Hervey Bay 2 Pelicans gracefully glided about on the calm sea.2 pelicans We were at the marina by 7:30am.calm harbour Ready and excited for our whale watching trip.whale watching poster Hervey Bay has a huge and very busy marina.Hervey Bay marina We headed out on Whalesong which was excellent.whalesong Once the boat got going we were served a delicious breakfast with teas and coffees.  The square thing on my plate was a vegetable frittata.  They seem popular over here and are an excellent way to combine vegetables with protein.breakfast on Whalesong Our boat had viewing decks all the way round.viewing decks on Whalesong So having eaten, all we had to do was wait.  It is full moon so the tides were particularly high.  The whales had moved far out in to the bay so we had to sail much further than usual.whale waiting Hervey Bay is next to Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world.  They were burning the bush on parts of the island which is done regularly.Fraser Island burning Finally we saw some whales.  I missed that shot!whale splash We saw 2 groups of whales.  A Mother and her calf and then 3 male whales.  The female and her calf did not come close enough for me to take photos worth sharing but the 3 males were very inquisitive and came right up to our boat.whale tail 3 These are Humpback Whales.whale tail 2 The 5th largest whales in the world.whale tail They waved their flippers, turned around in the water and basically put on a really good show for us all.whales 9 It is impossible for my pictures to show you how large they are but as an indication the calf would weigh approximately 4 – 5 tonnes which is similar to an elephant.  The adults weigh 10 times that much and are longer than the boat we were on.whale 8 whales 7 whales 6 whale 4 2 whales barnacles I am really pleased with this photo as I think you can see the whales’ eye on the right hand side of the picture.whale 3 This was taken looking straight down as they dived under the boat.Whale 2 Our boat had a microphone which they put in the water so we could hear the whale song. It was absolutely magical.Whale 1 Bye bye beautiful whales.  Thank you for allowing us to watch you play and for coming so close to us.whale waving Good-bye whales We sailed back next to Fraser Island.  Unfortunately we don’t have time to visit it this trip but I hear it is beautiful.Fraser Islandtorpedo Farewell Hervey Bay, that was a short but sweet visit.sharks and boat On the road we stopped at Maryborough for lunch of fish and chips.  It looked greasy and revolting but actually the batter was like tempura and very crispy so it was really good.fish and chips Oz After about 3 hours we came to our next destination.  Dicky Beach, Caloundra which is just North of Brisbane.nearly at Caloundra We are staying with someone very special to our family 🙂H at K's

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in a small village in the beautiful Weald of Kent with my husband and 2 children. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. After all, I live in the 'Garden of England' so it seems silly to not take advantage of that. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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4 Responses to Whale Song

  1. Lucy Murphy says:

    give Keven and Debra a HUGE hug from me xxxxx

  2. Abi Ellson says:

    Nooooo, you can’t finish it there!!!! I want to see hundreds of photos of dear Keven, Debra & their lovely home!!! Lots of love to them xxx

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