|A drizzly morning on Doubtful Sound|
I am getting behind.
I haven't told you about the dolphins on Doubtful Sound.
It was an exhilarating 24 hours out with the great guys from Deep Cove Charters on my overnight cruise.
'Yes' it was beautiful.
'Yes' it was just as good as Milford Sound
and 'yes' I would do it again tomorrow if I could.
there were moments when I thought I was in an action adventure movie along the lines of Jurassic Park
We were just 5 guests, due to luck and it being the end of the season.
It all started innocently with a cruise past the lushly forested rocks and a delicious lobster lunch.
We looked for penguins, but they were out fishing.
We admired the podocarps ( tree ferns)
We looked for dolphins…….
We found five.
They swam under the boat a few times and then played around in a show that might have been at Sea World. Just for the joy of it. Not a free fish or trainer in sight.
|sorry; I didn't have a telephoto lens handy……...|
Much better than Sea World, and the rocks that looked like fake rocks were actually real, whereas at Sea World the fake rocks look like fake rocks.
Time for a little fishing to catch some supper.
Pop a rod into the water , and within 3 minutes the first fish came up, followed by several more in rapid succession.
|Fern gets the first catch|
|the first 3|
Soon we had enough for tea.
next stop the lobster pots to pick up tomorrow's lunch.
They were full of lobsters.
|bringing in the lobsters|
We popped them in a box too.
On we sailed.
We passed a few waterfalls. Those of you who know me will know that I am not a big fan of photographing waterfalls. I just don't see the attraction. Even if they are 1000m high like the one we saw, a photo will never do it justice. But I felt obliged to point my camera at a couple out of politeness to the group.
|one of the many|
Time for some more lobster pots.
This time a small problem.
Large, strong and with teeth that can bite a hand off.
If it was me I would have let the whole lot go.
We had a dramatic few minutes while he tried to maim the eels sufficiently to get the lobsters out and then tip the eels back into the briny.
Tense moments. Everybody very quiet.
Mission accomplished. On to the next pot.
Another conger. Same problem.
This time the conger won the first round.
It jumped out of the lobster pot and landed down by our feet.
I screamed. Everyone else moved back very fast. Fern climbed up a nearby ladder. I followed her.
What followed was not pleasant and I will spare you the details, but lets just say that the captain won round two.
During this episode one of the lobsters made a move …..
I was still up a ladder so was really not bothered.
|'it's behind you'|
He was marched back into his box.
Everybody very relieved, and a bit shocked after all the excitement.
Time for a cup of tea and a game of scrabble to calm us down.
By which time the penguin was back from fishing and normal order was restored.
|if you look carefully you will see a penguin|