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whales and dragons

November 13th, 2011
by Michele Elliot

7.00 am on Friday morning I was walking to Thirroul. At Little Austi headland, I saw a whale’s spouting breath just a few hundred metres out to sea. It breached twice. There were two, a female and her very playful calf, most likely Southern Rights. The calf was leaping up, flipping its tail, splashing its fins. I sat and watched them for almost an hour, mesmerised. They were swimming in large circles, coming close in to the rocks and sweeping down towards Austinmer beach, and back out again.

Here’s a water dragon who ambled past yesterday while I was watering the herbs.

4 Responses to “whales and dragons”

  1. 1 Lucas
    November 13th, 2011 at 21:42

    waa so jealous! someone told me, on friday night, that she had seen those same whales in kiama!! i wish i could see the whales. you must call us next time!

  2. 2 Jo Law
    November 13th, 2011 at 22:17

    I wished we knew there were whales on the coast. For the past 4 years we’ve lived here, we have never seen a whale! But everyone else who stayed with us had!

  3. 3 Michele Elliot
    November 18th, 2011 at 14:45

    I have had my eyes peeled since we moved here a year ago and that was my first sighting.

    Lucas, I don’t have your phone number … please send ( and I will put you on my whale alert list.

  4. 4 Louise curham
    November 18th, 2011 at 20:34

    Speaking of lizards, while I waited for my exam to start on Monday, I sat in the School of Zoology internal courtyard. It is vintage 60s with a wonderful lily pond and an enormous old banksia. The was a constant plopping sound and soon enough I noticed these were lizards hopping in the pond. I have never seen so many. I think they were blue tongues.