Far Out Thursday
Trip Start Mar 02, 2012
10Trip End Mar 12, 2012
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Our plan was to wake up at early and head off to Tin Can bay
Via Gympie, some 2 hours away!
Having woken at just before 5am,and pre packed out maps
(LOL) and other essentials for the day, we flawlessly executed our plan journey
arriving in Tin Can bay dolphin feeding place at 7.15.
Only a few peeps there and some official guides as well. The
setting is between a café and the jetty
for mooring boats
by chance) waded to knee deep in the shallows by the café, and waited for them
While waiting a few rules and some history about the dolphins
were explained. Apparently a pod of 6 dolphins are the friendly ones, but they
will never all come in together. Usually the Alpha male and a female will
cruise on in as well as sometimes a baby dolphin, as well.
So after 15 mins or so, the lead female arrives , has a look
around ,stays for a bit then swims back to the pod, who are happily fishing in
the middle of the bay. She does this several times before feeding time ot 8.am.
the crowd grows ,now 19 peeps in the water lining up for an encounter, interestingly
16 of them are females, so I guess all the guys were busy of taking pictures
Someone has to do that very important task!
The dolphin Patch swims in and gets up close to peeps in the
water (of course). They have been carefully instructed to hold there palms forward
just under the water line and let patch come to them, and not to attempt to pat
or touch the dolpin in any way ($300 fine)! As this will scare them off for the
Patch was attracted to Annemiekes hand
prob because of the shinny rings. So she got within a inch of patch, who
was apparently blowing her kisses!! She was lucky to have a lot of her
So finally it was feeding time. For a mere $5 Annemieke was
included in the feeding
there was only one fish in there! She says it was beyond her expectations , and
had a bitchin time feeding her. Then she was able to replentish her bucket with
1 extra fish and join the que to do it again.
This went on for 3 times each time was awsum, she says. Then we
regrouped to a seat and de briefed, then as peeps were leaving the alpha male
arrives as well!!
joins in ,as he is being fed by the instructors Annemieke was allowed to place her hand back
into the water, by him. The dolphin apparently likes women, in pink, pregnant
or blondes!! Guess which ONE Annemieke is!! So she got more dolphin kisses, like
water from his breathing hole. As well he comes close to her hand for quite a while
Sadly they have had enough,and swim away!! That’s it for
another day. Longer than that for us if course!
All the water peeps must wash there hand as a bb dolphin
died, of human pneumonia!
Alsoo btw the alpha male has survived 2 shark attacks, the
scars on its tail and fin are testimony to that. In 2007 he was swimming after
another dolphin fight with another male, he was bleeding which attracted a
cruising sharks attention. The first that the guides new was that he turned up there all cut up, and in a
sorry state. They know where to go for help, and turn up when in need! However
the staff rang sea world who said to do
nothing other than keep him wet and well
fed, as the dolphins have a very good immune / repair system
for 10 days ,and then took off all healed up!
Then at around 8.30 we had our breakfast!! Funny thing is
the breakfast including coffees cost 4x the price of feeding the dolphins!! We
then set off to see the coloured sands of rainbow bay, which must be amazing!!
So after a brief half hour journey we arrived at Rainbow
beach, to discover they have normal corral sand!! Where is the Rainbow we
So there we were in another beach, found a blue mystery car
there and a clothes shop with some good vw tee shirts!
It didn’t take long to work out that we should be on our way
back to gympie, before those old trucks rusted away!
If you think this is unreal, read Brian Lewis comment yesterday on pics about
his barn find!!
Anyhow, fortunately the geezer was too busy trying to start
a 63 T bird to worry about a kiwi photographer!! There were a lot of trucks to
repair, Id say about a life times worth!! Still very interesting to look at, and
dream of the hot rods that could be made from these!
There was flood evidence here and there, obviously Quite a
few extra lakes is what closed the roads, delaying our dolphin trip!
We spent the afternoon at a local beach,finding some shade
Dinner was a barbeque at the resorts own cook for your self,self catering bbq. Stragely that’s where
I got an insect bite,lol!!