Last week I presented you with a very long list of things to do with your kids during the school holidays. But for as long as that list was, it didn’t cover everything, as we proved on Friday.
Because on Friday, we went whale watching at Point Lookout on Stradbroke Island.
Turns out that Point Lookout on Stradbroke Island is one of Australia’s best land based locations for whale watching. Not only that, but the best time of the year to go whale watching is during the last two weeks of June to the first two weeks in July.
This was fantastic news, we were really excited. I packed my video recorder and my tripod so that I could capture for you this once in a lifetime experience in real time. We’d got the 10:30 AM ferry to Straddie and we weren’t returning until 6 PM. That would give us a solid five hours to whale watch and my chance to make a five hour epic film that would probably become a classic amongst whale watching fanatics all around the world.
Unfortunately, my five hour film would have looked like this throughout….
My movie would have been completely uninterrupted by the sight of whales blowing water, doing backflips and showing off their tails. I think it was 1978 when Australia stopped whaling. Since then the population has risen quite dramatically. You’d think the least they could do in return would be to put on a show! I mean, not doing so is just selfish.
After five hours of seeing nothing, I began to think it was just like most things in life. It’s okay actually being there, but if you want to see it at how it really is, go to YouTube.
So I did.
Turns out there’s not much footage on there either. I was looking specifically for video film of whales taken from land anywhere in Australia. There is almost nothing around.
In fact, this was one of just a few available……
That was taken from the beach at Port Macquarie, NSW, that’s on the east coast of Australia. A nice bit of footage, but I thought the whale could have put a little more effort into his jump.
This is a better jump, but as you can see, the video was taken from a boat. This one from somewhere near the Whitsundays, which is still east coast Australia, but further north…..
After investing $129 on the ferry and around nine hours of our time, you’d have thought one whale somewhere could have found the time for one little jump like the whales we have seen here in these films.
Having said that, we spoke to a couple of people who worked on the island and had done so for some time. One of them had never seen a whale and the other had seen just one.
Whale watching. I think it’s overrated.