Sunday, September 25, 2011
Ladies and gentlemen, today we are boarding MV Eye-Spy to do
BRISBANE WHALE WATCHING
Today we'll try to spot Migaloo (aboriginal for "white fella"), the gay albino humpback.
Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) comes from the Greek word "big wing" due to their massive pectoral flippers; 'knobby' protuberances on the leading edge of the pectoral flippers and on the rostrum; scalloping along the trailing edge of the tail flukes; distinctive arching of the back before diving (hence the common name 'humpback').
Humpbacks do not have teeth, but instead have between 270-400 baleen plates on either side of the mouth. Baleen is made of keratin, much like human hair and fingernails, and is used to filter small prey from the water.
Warm welcome by Captain Kerry Lopez
Kerry holds one of only two commercial whalewatching permits in Moreton Bay and is dedicated to the protection of Humpback whales.
Joining me today (clockwise from top left)
Bean (Vietnam), Mohammed (Saudi Arabia), Su-jin (Malaysia), Xavier (Philippines), Han (Vietnam), Badiul (Bangladesh), Cherry (Hong Kong), myself (Singapore) and Elsa (Indonesia)
Doris (China) listening attentively while Mariana (Mexico) day-dreams away
like whale, shark, dolphin plushies, caps, t-shirts etc
Birthday Boy - Matt (USA)
Doris (China) is also celebrating her birthday on board today
Arrival at the Moreton Bay area where whales use to rest, bond and feed their young
Only 2 vessels are allowed in the marine park for whale watching by legislation
Let the whale watching begin...
Try to identify some of the whale parts you see later..
Patricia (Ecuador) with Mohammed
The first humpback appeared
trying to catch our attention by blowing
They were very happy to spot us
and very soon, hords of them began to swim towards our catamaran
and started dancing to greet us
Kinda like olympics synchronised swimming
They would take turns to blow and do tail flips to impress us
Some humpbacks were really cheeky
and kept showing us their anuses
While watching the whales,
Captain Kerry explains whale behaviours and shared stories
My hump, my hump, my hump, my hump,
My lovely lady lumps (Check it out)
Flashy Splashy and Show-off!
They came really near to our boat
and everyone wanted to give it a pet
One of them surfaced, took Captain Kerry's camera and swam away
Check out the magnificant flukes
watch video here
You can watch the whales while having your lunch
Humpbacks feed mainly on krill and small fishes in Summer
None of which are in the lunch menu, so don't think of feeding them
A group of whales swims in a shrinking circle blowing bubbles below a school of prey. The shrinking ring of bubbles encircles the school and confines it in an ever-smaller cylinder.
The whales then suddenly swim upward through the 'net', mouths agape, swallowing thousands of fish in one gulp.
The ghost lady of Cape Moreton must watch whales every season
We had an awesome lot of fun watching the whales!
Also for most of us, who have never been so near to whales in our entire life.
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Monday, September 19, 2011
I'm on a trip to....
.. North Stradbroke Island
North Stradbroke Island is an Australian island in the state of Queensland, 30 km southeast of the capital Brisbane. Before 1896 the island was part of the Stradbroke Island. In that year a storm separated it from South Stradbroke Island, forming the Jumpinpin Channel. It is known colloquially as Straddie.
Our friendly aboriginal guide today, Shane
Showing us different types of Boomerangs
A boomerang is usually thought of as a wooden device, although historically boomerang-like devices have also been made from bones. Modern boomerangs used for sport are often made from carbon fibre-reinforced plastics or other high-tech materials.
Boomerangs come in many shapes and sizes depending on their geographic or tribal origins and intended function.
This one is for hitting enemies who wield shields
This one works like a hammer
Symbols and Signs
A painting of Dolphins herding fishes for humans to fish
Now we paint our own stories on the boomerangs
My boomerang tells a story of a lizard walking towards a fireplace
Next we were taught to throw boomerangs
Next we went to Point Lookout
Shane shares stories of the land
Saw a whale (I think)
watch video here
Phil mimicks Baywatch
and it was time to bid farewell to Shane