|Practising 'fishing' stories.."It was this size"...|
|"Thar she blows!|
After only a few minutes drifting on the tide, we saw spumes of exhaled breath from the whales. There seemed to be about 10 of them about 500 yards away so we slowly motored closer. With about 20 pairs of eyes looking in all directions, we often caught the tail-end of a whale or the ripples where it had been, but seeing them swim by was proving difficult......
|"Move back, please, I can't fit you in!"|
Then, suddenly, lots of shouting and pointing, and we were surrounded! Some were so close you could smell the breath as it wafted across the waves. Fishy, if you must ask.
The whales were Sei Whales, we were told, and you can identify some whale species by how far back the dorsal fin is and how much of the body is revealed when it breathes. It's also helpful to have a reference book handy, as different species of whales rarely swim side by side to help you compare them!
|20 metres long - 30 tonnes.|
All too soon, the light faded, and the grey whales merged into the grey waves. We headed for home excited about seeing the gentle giants in their own habitat, and obviously relaxed. A big "thank you" to Kay for alerting us to the trip, and to the crew of the Speedwell (the boat I worked on in February), for a fantastic evening.
|Light fading. Last look.|
Meanwhile, back on dry land, the egg shortage seems to be over, and I think there may have been some holding back of eggs, whilst waiting for the Horticultural Society Show. Now that's over, owners are happy to release them to the general populace.
|Typical flock of chickens in Stanley garden|
|Potatoes, cabbages, carrots galore|
Still, everyone was well-dressed for the outdoors and no-one seemed to mind. As the walk-leader put it to me...at least we won't be standing there for hours waiting for all the penguin pics to be taken!
We did manage to spot a few bedraggled Magellanic penguins, but, most of them stayed sensibly in their burrows.
|WW2 gun guarding entrance to harbour. Trawler in bay.|
|Lady Elizabeth, with Stanley and mountains in the distance.|
So, I took a few photos of the glorious sunset, and headed for home. I just hope the Veendam passengers don't think it rains all the time in the Falklands!
Don't forget, it's the first day of Spring/autumn wherever you are. We all have the same amount of daylight today. Equinox.....
And, if you read this, Leah, thanks for the message.
Next instalment - the world's most southerly Marathon; and 300 tons of frozen fish need unloading! Decisions, decisions!
More penguin capers soon,