Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Chasing Killer Whales

A phone call from Annie – killer whales had been spotted on our coast. They were feeding on the tuna that were doing their seasonal run. Did I want to join them on the boat and maybe get some photos? Would love to.

Annie and Fuzz own Port Campbell Boat Charters.

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If the crane breaks down the fishermen get upset as this is the only way to get their boats into the water.

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Local fishermen getting their boat back on land. The boats cannot be moored in the water and need to be lifted in and out with each trip.

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Looking for the water spout. BTW we missed the orcas but we did find…

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Lots of bird activity which meant that the tuna were about. Those rocks in the background are the Twelve Apostles.

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Gannets waiting for the leftovers.

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Plenty of dolphins to be seen, often cruising alongside the boat.

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The captain giving instructions on how to reel them in.

Two tuna were caught in a short time. After that it was decided to stop fishing as two large tuna were more than enough. Many more could have been caught. Legally, each person with a fishing license is allowed a limit of two tuna.

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Being a girl, I felt sorry for the tuna.

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Annie having fun.

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A friendly observer.

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Jim the Fisherman with his catch for the day.

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Preparing dinner.

1 comment:

Pam de Groot said...

Lesley I have so enjoyed reading your blog. I'm glad to see you have continued to play with our new found knowledge. Your weaving is beautiful and the coast is just amazing. Hope the fish tasted as good as it looked.