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The Rock-itt : July 2010
When I was there I counted around 40 whales, almost all female and suckling young. I watched them breaching and spy hopping. I could clearly see the young being suckled by their mothers. One thing I hadn't expected was to hear them singing so much. They were very vocal and on the two nights I stayed there I was the last one out of the reserve. To hear their calls when it was almost dark and I was in the middle of the desert was really spooky Imagine this view with the whales singing just off shore. You can take a flight over the whales; the airstrip is at the back of the Roadhouse and is run by a company called Chinta Air. A thirty minute trip costs $120 per person for two people and $80 pp for three. I understand there may be an operation running helicopter flights from the interpretive centre, which would be a great trip. I'll be going there again, this time I might take a bit more time and rent a campervan in Adelaide. Maui has a basic 2 person van for just over $1000 and a flashier model for $1450, for a week in both cases. Not bad if there's two of you and the flights to Ceduna are $800! Check out Nullarbornet.com.au it will tell you all you need to know. Now is the time to go, get going!! A little footnote to this piece on whales I came across a story from Taiwan, nothing to do with whale hunting. A scientist had been notified of a dead sperm whale, beached on the south western coast of the island. They decided to put the whale on a flat bed truck and had to drive it across the city of Tainan to a nature reserve where the Scientist was going to perform a necropsy. Unfortunately the 65 ft long whale exploded whilst driving down the City's main road, showering cars, shops and people with blood and organs! It was allowed no respite, even after exploding, the men of Tainan flocked to the nature reserve to marvel at the whales five foot penis! Mother and calf from the viewing platform Nice friendly wave. Exploding Sperm whale, not something you see every day!