1/01/2014 = Nature’s wonders, where the bloody hell are you?
I thought that our sailing around Australia adventure would be filled with examples of getting up close with mother nature’s sea life. Leanne had great visions of us living off the land, catching and eating the fish we caught each day and generally living a Swiss Family Robinson type natural lifestyle on board.
On our local trips like Mandurah to Becher point or Rottnest Island we would usually be accompanied by up to a dozen dolphins who would play and frolic just off our bows or show us all manner of tricks off the stern as we sailed along. One of their favourite things to do is to swim along upside down under the bows. It seemed as if they were as interested in watching us as we were in them.
On another occasion, we were sailing between Bunbury and Busselton, with friends Noel and Sue, April and Wayne on board. It was a beautiful day. One of those where the sea was as flat as a carpeted floor and there was just a faint breeze. After spotting a disturbance in the water about 200 metres from our bow we changed direction towards the bubbling water.
To our delight, we found a group of five or so Whales. They seemed to be resting or sunbaking, or perhaps getting to know each other as they lazed about on the surface of the water.
Amid cry’s of wow and ooh, I was given instructions to steer here or there, go over there and get closer. But having just seen the front end of the whale well off the bow, and the rear of the whale well off our stern, I decided that I would very casually, but quickly move away from the wild animal that was bigger than a bus, and obviously far bigger than our boat.
Since we left Mandurah Marina on the 6th November, and accompanied by the usual dolphin escort until Dawesville, we have not really seen any sign of sea life. We have rounded Capes (including Naturaliste, Leeuwin, Vancouver and even Cape Knob ) sailed into numerous bays (Koombanna, Hamelin, Two peoples, Cheyne and Peaceful Bays) and harbours including (Windy, Princess Royal, Oyster and several Boat or little Boat harbours). But we are yet to see any whales, dolphins, seals or even sea birds of any note. Fortunately too, we have swum several times in the beautiful clear water of these places and are yet to see hide nor hair of the sharks that we were told litter the waters.
At several of the places we have visited we have been teased by the Whale watching, Diving adventure and fishing charter boats that occupy the available moorings. So obviously nature is out there somewhere.
In fact I think our only brush with real nature was here in Dillon Bay. Just snuggled up after a rough day sailing, we were visited by a hundred of the local inhabitants. Mozzies!
So we took to them like any roman invaders would. We murdered as many of them as we could see. Leanne yelling “HI YAA” as she slapped at them like a true Bruce Lee Kung FU warrior. Before long she had wiped out the whole welcome party battalion, single handedly. Post battle, as calm was restored all that was left was the blood spots on the white walls of our bedroom cabin and our sheets littered with parts of flattened mosquitoes. Another big job for the Ajax spray and wipe.
Leanne has only had a small success in the fishing side of things. A couple of whiting that were only just legal size has been her contribution to our Swiss Family Robinson adventure thus far. Perhaps ours is to be more of a Gilligans Island style adventure. I am sure that B2 can do a pretty good Thurston Howell the 3rd impression and B1 is a dead ringer for the professor. Only problem with that is I am left with the role of Gilligan! ??
B2 has scooped the pool this week. He has managed to be carry over champion of the awesome award. He caught 7 good sized whiting which Eva the wonder chef has turned into breakfast for us all.
We will be looking forward to keeping an eye out on our journey onwards to Esperance in the next week. Hopefully we will see some form of sea life out there.
So, come on nature’s wonders, where the bloody hell are you.
|Getting away from it all at a nice remote, secluded beach...not!|
Dillon Bay new years day.