5 days ago I was sailing(no engine
, music radio
fairly loud) Nth approx 4nm East of Crowdy Hd, NSW, just before dawn, & heard a very loud exhaust
of air...., at first thought it was a large dolphin(as i'd seen plenty) but turned around to my starboard aft qtr, & there was the barniculed head
of a Humpback whale!! 10 feet away, I was very shocked & became scared instantly, fearing a collison, they(I guess 2 or 3(I guessed more than 1 because it was one side then within seconds on the other side), but could of been 1 only) shadowed me for about a couple of mins, coming within a boathooks length once or twice.
Unfortuneatly the memory card on the camera
was full, so by the time I had hastily deleted some other footage to make space, I only managed a few low quality photos and video.
On the video you may be able to pick out the whale diving
directly in front of me, & I was sure we would hit it (Warning: Please excuse the language, I was scared), but didn't.
I agree with cat man do, they are smarter than we think.
Wonderful experience once I got over the fear, also saw many jumping high some 300-400 metres away.