I was up there a few weeks back. The whale looked quite magestic up next to the 150ft tourist catamaran
, until it saw us in a 6.5 metre Zodiac
and came over for a closer look. It approached like a shark in a scary movie
, went under the port side whilst rolling upside down and came up the other side with a tail slam.
As it was under us the wife looked over the side and said "it's not very deep out here" (we were 10 miles out to sea), to which I replied "that's not the bottom of the ocean honey, that's the bottom of the whale!!!"
I would have liked to have been in a bigger boat that day!
The truth is that I did freeze somewhat with an amount of fear as it passed underneath contrary to what I told the wife.
Seems that the male whales stop to play whereas the female ones with the calves keep moving.