The whales fooled around for a while, then one of the adults did a remarkable thing. She (we guess) barrel rolled onto her back and lay just below the surface, then curled her tail up and out of the water (left). She held it vertically up in the air with flukes spread like a giant sail, for twenty minutes or more. An amazing sight, but what was she doing? Warming her tail in the sun? Sunning her belly? Feeding the calf? Having sex? Who knows? Weve never seen this kind of behaviour before.

At anchor in the quiet of the late afternoon, we were enjoying a cuppa down below when Leanne said I can hear whales singing! Sure enough, whale song was pouring through the steel hull. High pitched ascending whoops, middle frequency descending moans, low rumbles and a myriad mix in between. Who knows how many whales were out there singing?

The whales serenaded us all evening and night, and were still going strong the next morning. Dont they ever sleep? Indeed they are still singing as we write. We never thought we would live to see the day when we would hear whale song first hand one of the advantages of living in a floating tin can!

This morning we went for a walk along the wide beach to Rooney Point. Just before we climbed into the dinghy to go ashore, a banded sea snake wriggled its way past Masala. Later, a large turtle swam under the dinghy. There is a school of fish under Masala, a group of 4 squid at the stern, and some of the small dolphins found in Hervey Bay are nearby. The shore was teeming with wildlife. A large flock of Crested Terns strutted and chattered in the shallows (right).

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Below: mother and calf

Right: like the tail fin of a jumbo jet

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