Personal – Whale Watching | Nacala

I am currently staying in beautiful Nacala, in north Mozambique. While here, I am doing a Location Shoot for Kwalala Lodge, a diving lodge on the beach front north of town.

Yesterday afternoon, along with seven others, I went kayaking in the bay, where humpback whales are currently living as they raise their calves and feed on the abundant plankton. We can see the whales on occasion from the lodge deck, but can never predict when or where we will spot them.

One of the men in our kayak group had a waterproof Olympus camera which he kindly lent to me. I haven’t used a “point and click” for ages but it was great having a camera with me on the boat and not worry about it getting wet.

The first sighting of the whales was fairly far away – however one flick of their tails and they can travel 100’s of metres. In no time at all, they popped up right next to some of the kayaks – all 7 of them!! The graceful creatures then went down the bay and we thought that was the end of that. I stayed in the kayak taking photos of the sunset and the local yachts (minding my own business) when suddenly the whales were back. Not only were they back they were heading straight for me!!! I would like to say I was calm, but truthfully I was fairly petrified! I always knew whales were big, but when they are 20m’s away from you they are GIGANTIC!!! While back paddling to get out their way (and ensuring I didn’t capsize) and trying to take photos at the same time was an interesting experience. Even though my heart rate doubled and my adrenaline was flowing freely through my veins it was the most incredible experience I have ever had.

No one will ever be able to take that amazing experience away from me!!!

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  • Wow…what an awesome experience… Well done La…awesome pics to match an equally awesome experience…Looks very scary though!!!

  • Lauren… As being one of the seven that was out with you (and Ross) that day, I will also note, No one will ever be able to take that experience away from me as well. It sure was amazing to see.

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