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In 1977 we hired our first narrowboat from Anglo Welsh at Market Harborough.From that moment our destiny was set. In 2006 we finally purchased our own brand new 57' narrowboat which we named 'Free Spirit'. Our aim is to travel the length and breadth of all the navigable rivers and canals of the UK. This will be our story as it unfolds.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

'Old Toms' last resting place.

Plans went slightly awry today. It was the Killer Whale Museum we wanted to visit but having looked around Eden last night and noticed that another whale watching trip was due to leave at 8am today, we put hand into pockets again and paid for another trip. A tad more expensive then the last trip from Jervis Bay but a 3 hour cruise with tea, coffee, soup, cheese and biscuits all thrown in. Having checked the weather forecast first thing and seen the temperatures drop dramatically from yesterdays 25 deg to only 17 today it was a question of taking jumpers and coats and so glad of them too as out in Twofold Bay it was freezing! Within 5 minutes of leaving Main Wharf we sighted the first whale. One of many seen during the 3 hours. Not just loads of tail flukes but breaching as well. Then the seals came to have a look and also the dolphins. So, sorry folks but another load of photos for you to look at. Oh and we did get to see the Killer Whale Museum later in the day after hearing from the Captain how, between 1840 and 1930,  killer whales helped to herd the whales into the bay for the fleet to slaughter. As a reward the whales got to eat the lips and tongue. One such whale and the last survivor was Old Tom. The museum was built in his honour and his skeleton takes pride of place for all to see.

Leaving Main Wharf

Estimated calf between 8-12 weeks old

That's the calf

And at the museum,

Old Tom

Whalers boats

And also seen in Eden


Rainbow Lorikeets

On Eden's Golf course


Andy Gic said...

Awesome whale photos

Marilyn McDonald said...

What a magnificent day, Irene!

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