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June 3, 2018

The tale of ‘Old Tom’ – ‘Law of the Tounge’

The tale of ‘Old Tom’ – ‘Law of the Tounge’

Have you heard the tale of ‘Old Tom’ or the ‘Law of the Tounge’?

 

It is a fascinating story about Ocras in Twofold Bay (the third deepest natural harbour in the Southern Hemisphere) and their relationship with Humans and hunting baleen whales together!You may have read our earlier blog post about human interactions with whales in Australia and the following link tells the great story of ‘Old Tom’ just down the road in Eden.

 

There are many take home messages from the story but the most important one for me is to always look after your friends.

If you are captivated like us about the story of Old Tom and impressed by the level of emotional intelligence displayed by Orcas- particularly in the wild you can always get a chance to come out on board our Whale Watching cruises where on the odd occasion we have seen pods following humpbacks and their calves that travel south past Jervis Bay from August – November each year.

You never know your luck!

So we don’t have to issue a spoiler alert- you can read the story here:

Or on your next south coast road trip stop in at the Eden Killer Whale Museum.

You can also keep up to date with sighting of Orcas via the Killer Whale Sightings Australia facebook page.

"I really respect that the whale was more important than us"

Arrived just in time from our overnight stay in Canberra to go on the cruise. We got to see two whales swimming and breaching. Was a spectacular sight. The operators stayed what I though was a decent distance from the whales and when they had gone into the bay and another operator went in further than we did our guy decided that we would move away to give the whales space to get out of the bay. I really respect that the whale was more important that us . Well done