MASALA — CRUISING LOG

BRISBANE TO LADY MUSGRAVE ISLAND

AUGUST & SEPTEMBER 2010

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35 MILES OFFSHORE FROM THE TOWN OF 1770

FRIDAY 17 SEPTEMBER

This morning we were startled to see a large female humpback whale and calf surface near Masala, inside the island’s lagoon! Only yesterday Leanne was asking whether whales could or would negotiate the narrow pass through the coral into the protected waters. “Not likely,” I conjectured. Suddenly, there they were. Our breakfast of pancakes with freshly stewed apples was forgotten as we followed their progress doing laps around the anchorage.

LADY MUSGRAVE ISLAND, GREAT BARRIER REEF

Our dream of a holiday floating out at the reef has finally come true, but more about Lady Musgrave later.

Above: Humpback Whale blows off the beach at Lady Musgrave Island.

Left: Mother tip-toeing through the anchored boats

Below: The coral wall of the lagoon and the darker waters of the ocean beyond can clearly be seen.