Southern Right Whales at Marengo

The southern right whale was hunted to the edge of extinction in the early nineteenth century. While it is now making a steady comeback, it is still classified as an endangered species. It's always a special event to see a southern right whale at relatively close range. Skip the next five paragraphs and go straight … Continue reading Southern Right Whales at Marengo

The Southern Ocean around Gibson Steps in Winter

When you round the corner at Cape Otway heading west, the wild ocean factor multiplies. The waves are bigger, the cliffs are higher and the ocean seems vaster. It feels wild and remote. The hardy few who surf these raw swells mostly seem to know each other. They are a select bunch. The paddle-outs are … Continue reading The Southern Ocean around Gibson Steps in Winter

Things I’ve seen from my surf ski at Apollo Bay

I've been paddling an 18 foot surf ski since the early 1980s. I've owned a few. They are a remarkably efficient craft to paddle over a good distance, but catching waves is what they do best. I've paddled my various skis at Byron Bay, Port Lincoln, and many ocean beaches between Pt Lonsdale and Apollo … Continue reading Things I’ve seen from my surf ski at Apollo Bay

The Call of the Sea

The Southern Ocean is wild, clean and full of life.  Most of its beaches on the southern coast of Australia are without footprints, and most shore breaks and reef breaks are unseen. I regularly walk the beaches and cliffs of this coast around Apollo Bay and points west, usually with a camera over my shoulder. … Continue reading The Call of the Sea

Southern Right Whales at Apollo Bay

As always, the southern right whales came in peace. They, and other whale species, migrate from Antarctic waters to Australian waters in the winter months. When they make an appearance in the waters of Apollo Bay news of their presence moves through the community like a gentle current through the sea. It doesn't take long … Continue reading Southern Right Whales at Apollo Bay