Whale watching from a canoe (video)

A father and daughter are offshore in Queensland, Australia and are joined by two whales. It’s one thing to see a whale from a large boat, and quite another when you’re on a very small, two person boat. The daughter is very nervous (and there’s some NSFW language) as the whales swim along side, and then under the canoe.

Jojo and I had a fun experience kayaking with a Southern Right Whale in Walvis Bay (Afrikaans for “Whale Bay”) about 50 meters from the beach years ago. The whale dove under on one side and then popped up on the other side and continued to swim along with us for a few hours. The water was chilly and Jojo was worried about the kayak capsizing but in the end we were fine.

Southern Right Whale next to our kayak, Walvish Bay

Southern Right Whale next to our kayak, Walvish Bay

I can’t even imagine what it must have been like for the father/daughter that far offshore, with that much equipment in the small boat and to have two whales playing with them. Amazing, but still a bit scary.


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