Three days in a row at my local north of headland, getting a little fuller each day but still classic fun.
Graced yesterday by two of the biggest drop ins I've had the pleasure of experiencing, two juvenile humpbacks passed within 5 metres of the take off point as a set came through their entire length was visible through the wave face.
We could smell their incredibly bad breath as they snorted by ( hey if you ate 2000pounds of krill per day you breath would stink too)
We were so entranced we didn't catch a set wave, a smiling session went down for the rest of the time out.
This is in direct contrast to most encounters with SUPs and I would rather miss a number of set wave to a whale any time!
Surfed with two of them at Stanwell Park a few years back Jaf. I think it was a Mum and her pup...mental blank, what do they call whale babies??
Anyway, it was a sunny day and I saw their shadow on the bottom first which freaked me out. Like 'holy shit, how big is that shark?' But then realised they were whales just coasting along and calmed right down. They passed within ten metres of me. Didn't smell their breathe but....
saw a whole pod of whales of garie the other day, to bad the surf was shit
Baby Whale is a calf.
Ha! Of course...cheers MTW.
James Packer - now that'a a baby whale
Didn't smell their breathe but....
My whale's breath smells like whale food.
Years ago I remember a guy who was surfing way out the back of Middleton, who unfortunately found himself way outside the regular lineup, positioned between a Southern Right Whale and her calf. The mother thought the surfer was about to attack the calf, and got super aggressive on him - wasn't a pleasant experience.
been an awesome season down in VIc so far, been in the water with a couple of whales up close, can vouch for the breath stink!
Killer whale and calf at another point break last week, wasnt in the water for that one, but their presence sure calms the attitude down at most breaks, reminds us how small and vulnerable we really are.