Sorry for the sudden silence. I’ve been up north in Townsville, Queensland, chasing the sun. While there, I went on the best whale watching trip. Really enjoyed zooming around the place in a little rubber boat (150hp RIB) and the guide Chris knew all about the reef and other Marine type things and was happy to answer lots of questions. Lunch at Yanks Jetty was subway sandwiches and a chance to float around the coral gardens teaming with fish. So many colourful fish it was like swimming in a jewel box. But the whales! The waters between Dungeness and Orpheus were full of humpbacks. We sighted at least 14 and one breached (leapt up into the air). I was so excited I took a picture of my thumb, but fortunately Chris took a successful one and was happy to share. We were late home because we got caught up watching about eight whales taking part in a jostling head butting rumble. You couldn’t see much of the action, but every now and again groups of three or four would surface in an exciting flurry of fins, tails and spouts or you could see a couple swimming in close formation. A fantastic sight and well worth missing my homeward icecream for.