I’d Rather Be…

I’d rather be in Hawaii watching whales.

It took us a little while to get on the boat. Though there were several boats, the line was pretty long.

When the boat cruised to the spot, it stayed there. The rule for these whale watching boats is that they are not allowed to get closer than 100 yards from the whale when the captain spots a sign of a whale, but the whale can approach the boat.

Whale watching boats were waiting patiently…

Here was a sign, but we were hoping the whale would come closer. So we waited…

A long while later, this one swam toward our boat. It was at 2:35:07 pm.

At 2:25:07, he was showing his tail:

in 15 seconds, he swam closer and closer to our boat:

At 2:35:34:

At 2:36:06, the show time began:

At 2:36:06:

At 6:36:07:

At 2:36:17, “don’t just go away yet…”:

I think he heard us. At 2:36:21, right in front of our boat, he brought up his powerful tail one more time:

All were in just 1 minute and 16 seconds.

WPC: I’d Rather Be…

67 thoughts on “I’d Rather Be…

    • Thank you, Dragon! It took a lot of patience to get that 76 seconds of joy.
      I used 300 mm lens almost the entire time. The whale was pretty far away from the boat but close enough to watch the actions. 🙂


  1. I can imagine what a unique experience it was! I once went on a boat trip to watch dolphins and I was very impressed. It is also very hard to capture these moments in camera, so congratulations on the the great work! 😉

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    • Thank you for your comment. So glad you had an experience. Dolphins love to show off. Last time, they were swimming, jumping along with our boat. 🙂 Didn’t see them this time.


  2. Wonderful experience. When we were in Alaska a Mom and her babe were a distance from our ship but we watched the water spray out of the blowholes. Would have loved to see them as close as you were able. Lovely photos.


    • Thank you so much for your comment. I think the lens I used made the scene look much closer… I’m sure Alaska is a great place to watch whales. 🙂


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