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I participated in whale watching boat tours few times before and to be honest I must say that they were usually quite disappointing. The best I have seen was a whale making a blow or showing a bit of a tail fin. It was never worth it a dedicated trip. I was very skeptical while hearing about such trips on Cape Verde as well. However, they said it is the best time to actually see whales around Cape Verde. They come here to breed between March and May and we were there in the second half of the April. My daughter didn't have a chance to see it before, so we decided to give it a try. There were a variety of boats which did whale watching tours from the Sal Rei harbour. I think we ended up on a medium sized boat with less than 50 people. As Luciano mentioned elsewhere, the Sal Rei harbour is relatively shallow, meaning we were taken in smaller boats to the larger boat in small groups. I think most people didn't have high expectations at all. We managed to get the most comfortable places where we could sit or even lay dawn at the back right side of the boat. We enjoyed that position and we made a joke about people on the other boat which was smaller and on which people were squeezed tightly together. Can you believe they were all standing in anticipation there. We laughed at them a bit. But after a moment we realized why they were standing with their cameras ready to shoot, there was a whale jumping out of the water just behind their boat. And so this is how it started. We have seen several times whales jumping completely out of the water. Instead of doing it at the back right end of the boat, where I was waiting for them with my camera, they always done it at the front left side of the boat, so we have seen them but I could not take a decent photo of it. I just thought that statistically speaking there will be whales soon on my side of the boat jumping out of the water as well. But that didn't happen. I had to leave my comfortable position and holding onto the boat with my legs I tried to take photos over the heads of the people who had great positions at the front left side of the boat. Sadly, because I decided to move to the left side quite late, I didn't have that many opportunities left and I usually just caught the whales when they were already going back down into the water. I have just one shot when a whale jumps out but it is not sharp at all. So here I share the picture of the whale tail fin where it already goes back into the water. Ironically, when the best part of the spectacle started, several people got quite sea sick. My wife estimated that nearly half of the people on the boat were throwing up. I didn't notice that because I was glued to my camera. In the end I think the trip was really amazing. But I would encourage people to do it only in the season. I would be happy to repeat it but my daughter was among those people affected by the high waves, not throwing up yet but getting close to it, so I suppose I will not be able to convince her to do it again anytime soon.

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Additional Photos by Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7385 W: 106 N: 19405] (74311)
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