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The Humpback Whale Experience

“OH MY GOD!” that was the only thing I was able to say while this massive humpback whale lifted our Kayak outside of the bay of Byron Bay.

The weather was terrible and the temperature was very low on this october weekend. We had planned this for long time as it was a birthday present for a friend and we all looked forward to it since a long time.

We met early in the morning with our guides and took the kayaks out into the water. Fortunately it stopped raining that morning and we set out to explore the bay.

After an hour of paddling we spotted a Humpback Whale. Our guide was as surprised as we were because the humpback whale migration in Australia’s east coast is normally from March to September. We stopped paddling and just drifted in the tranquil waters of Byron Bay. The Whale was now closer and we saw him every couple of minutes at a different spot.

After not seeing it for 10 minutes we started paddling again, our guide said that we should go to the light house because the probability of seeing dolphins there is big.

Out of nowhere this Humpback Whale appeared again and lifted the kayak. I was so surprised and shocked at the same time that even with having a water-proofed camera with me I wasn’t able to take a picture. The only thing I was able to say was: “OH MY GOD!” and so did all the others of the group. As fast as it showed up it was gone again. And the only thing left is the memory which still gives me the creeps.

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13 comments on “The Humpback Whale Experience

  1. The Travel Chica on

    You are so lucky to have seen a humpback whale. But I understand what you mean when you say the memory gives you the creeps. Such a large and powerful creature

    • seba on

      It could have easily killed us but instead it only wanted to check out what this little plastic thing was which was floating in his waters… 🙂

  2. jade on

    Wow- I know it creeped you out- but I think I would have loved being that close to such a huge creature… you are probably a part of a very small group of people who have seen one so close!

    • seba on

      It was a really special moment and I’m so happy that I was able to experience that. A bummer that I didn’t took a picture.

  3. Abby on

    Whale-watching in Mexico was one of the most special moments of my life. We saw more than 30 — and we even got a pic of my friends and I with the tail of a whale behind us. Alas, it was one of the pics I lost when my laptop was stolen. But I still have the memory!

    • seba on

      Stupid Mario! But I have kinda the same… only the memories are left because I was so fascinated and shocked at the same time 🙂

  4. Ramin on

    A really close up encounter with a whale is on my bucket list since several years, sounds like such a great experience that you’ve had!

  5. Franca on

    I must have been pretty scary at that time but I’m sure you consider yourself lucky for having seen a humpback whale, it’s definitely something that doesn’t happen everyday! 🙂