Friday, July 5, 2013

Icebergs and Whales Oh my!

We slept in St.Anthony's last night.  When we arrived, Sophie and I decided to go for a hike as there are beautiful trails here.  If you are patient enough, you can see whales in the distance.  You can also climb 476 stairs to the top of a mountain.  It's hard work but the view from up there was unbelievable!  After the hike at the top, we decided to continue our trek and completed a second trail.  Both were beautiful!

The next morning, we had our boat tour to see icebergs from up close and whales.  Right in the bay, there were icebergs - big ones!  We got really close to them.  Interestingly enough, one of the icebergs had this rock stuck right in the middle of it!  The guide told us he's never seen anything like it before.  It's interesting to see!  It's also incredible that we only see a small fraction of the actual iceberg. It would be quite a sight if we could take it out of the water and see the whole thing!

Once every saw the iceberg, we moved on to see whales.  It didn't take to long before I yelled "There she blows!"!  A big puff of whale breath in the distance!  We got to see the magnificent humpback whale!  What a beauty!  There was three of them.  We followed them for a while and got to see them quite a bit!  After a while, just before we were turning back to get back to port, they (the whales) decided to have a closer look at who was following them!!!  They came up right next to the boat, let out a big breath and of course almost gave me a heart attack!  WOW!!!  They followed alongside the boat for a while and ended with a show of their fluke (the correct term for what we typically call tail).

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