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Of all of my adventures that people ask about, there is one that people are more curious about that any other and I am asked the same question many times over, "What was the whale next to your kayak in the harbour and how did you come across it?"
So here is the story. Some time back, I went for an afternoon paddle. This is something that I do whenever I get the chance and on this afternoon, I saw what looked to be a log in the distance with a boat near it. Thinking that they may need assistance, I paddled closer, but the 'log' had since disappeared and the guys on the boat told me that it was actually a whale! The problem was, was that the juvenille whale (a Southern Right), which are well known for swimming in very shallow water, was swimming right in the middle of a busy boating channel and ran a very high risk of being struck by a boat....so......we devised a plan that the boat would race ahead and slow down incoming vessels while I stayed back in the 'vicinity' of the whale to act as a marker for boats to go around.
At this stage, we were unsure about calling other boats on the VHF radio via Coastguard as we did not want to bring attention to the whale and possibly bother it more but in the end, with a high number of watercraft returning home through that very channel, we decided to put the message out. Southern Right whales are curious animals but to the point where you could be in danger, so DO NOT try this yourself.
Soon after this close encounter, the whale moved on and I did the same soon afterward.
(NZ permit holder)
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