Fine afternoon yesterday so we left work early and headed for the high seas for a look as there are supposed to be whales about. We hung around for ages and only saw a single blow but on the way home nearly ran through the middle of a pod.
Taking photos of Sei whales blowing is about as impossible as taking photos of dolphins jumping (lots of shots of snaps and tail fins) but here are a few of the better ones of them at the surface.
Beautiful, serene, and bloody huge when you are 20-30ft from a 20 odd ton whale in a 3/4 ton RIB - we didn't get too close as they were weaving all over the place and the thought of one surfacing underneath us (we weren't sure how many - think there were 3 or 4) quite a long way from home was enough to encourage caution
got a couple of "large returns" on the fishfinder which might have been kelp beds but was enough to increase the heart rate a bit
as was the characteristic "row of holes in the water" caused by the wash of the tail - especially when it comes past the boat a couple of dozen feet away!
After a while I gave up on the photos (which were taken from further away) and we went in a bit closer and spent a while just following them and watching from a safe distance behind them. My first close up whale encounter since getting the RIB and a very special experience