Two Moons Whales

7 10 2013
Two Moons on Pender Bay ... stunning

Two Moons on Pender Bay … stunning

Back on the road we are and back to the WWOOF book we go!  WWOOFing is Willing Workers On Organic Farms.  It isn’t all farming and it isn’t all organic.  Every place is unique and we’ve enjoyed all our wwoof or help exchange places we’ve visited with Two Moons being no exception.

Two Moons Whale Research base was a little different from the standard WWOOF place as we visited as volunteers and arrived completely self sufficient.  This place is 180km north of Broome, on the Dampier Peninsular near Middle Lagoon.  Driving there would have to be the worst road we have driven to date!  There is the first 80 odd km of dirt/red sand that is quite corrugated then some tar and then another stretch of dirt or rather relatively soft red sand that has sections of bumps which if you’re not familiar with you can get quite a bounce happening which I’m sure sent our trailer air borne at times!  It goes without saying we slowed down for the next ones and wondered what perhaps had fallen off our trailer or broken inside.

Arriving and setting up we were pleased to find out the only damage was the outside light attached to the tailgate had come loose, the washing powder had shaken out of the box, lasagne sheets smashed to pieces and couscous spread through out the pantry.  That being all – we were happy!

Two Moons is based on the Kimberley coastline which would have to boast to be one of the most stunning locations in Australia.  It is definitely the most amazing coastline I’ve visited to date.  It has many indigenous communities and special places.  We were privileged to be taken to one of their beaches where upon high tide the water rushed in filling the creeks.  It was such a treat to see the many amazing and some quite large shells, the changes in the huge tide, mangroves, mud crabbing, catch bait with a net, fishing, seeing large sharks and even a crocodile!  What a highlight that day will always be.

The work of Two Moons is fantastic.  They work with scientists surveying hump back whales  and collecting important data.  I helped on a few shifts and have have now seen my first hump back whale.  Sadly while we were there, as the whale season is ending they were quite far off shore but I did see one breach beautifully and give off quite a show.

So we have another place dear to our hearts, met more fantastic people whom we plan to stay in touch with and have had experiences that we were hoping to achieve during our trip but not really sure if we would.   Thanks Andrew for having us, taking us fishing, sharing your knowledge and showing us around!

Having a paddle on our private beach ... always having one eye out for shadows in the water.

Having a paddle on our private beach … always having one eye out for shadows in the water.

Lily's catch - Blue Bone

Lily’s catch – Blue Bone

This is how you clear grass around here LOL!

This is how you clear grass around here LOL!

Cooling off in our own bath tub :-)

Cooling off in our own bath tub 🙂

Our day out on the beach

Our day out on the beach

Mud crabbing!

Mud crabbing!

Daniel fetching Andrew's spear

Daniel fetching Andrew’s spear

Spears in hand

Spears in hand

A small shark Stephen caught ... and threw back

A small shark Stephen caught … and threw back

Fishing as the tide rushes in ... right in that brown looking water we saw a 4ft plus shark, who stayed for quite a while following us!

Fishing as the tide rushes in … right in that brown looking water we saw a 4ft plus shark, who stayed for quite a while following us!

Violet (another volunteer) learning to throw the net - great throw!!

Violet (another volunteer) learning to throw the net – great throw!!

The keepers for the day!

The keepers for the day!

Matthews 5th Birthday!  Cake around the camp fire.  He got to drive the boat for this birthday :-)

Matthews 5th Birthday! Cake around the camp fire.He got to drive the boat for this birthday 🙂

Stephen's proud catch!  Spanish mackerel and a golden trevally

Stephen’s proud catch! Spanish mackerel and a golden trevally

And yes we really were there for the whales!!!  Doing out bit for the research

And yes we really were there for the whales!!! Doing out bit for the research

Two Moons on Pender Bay ... stunning.

Two Moons on Pender Bay … stunning.

Our beach :-)

Our beach 🙂

I'll end with my favourite shot of the Kimberley Coast

I’ll end with my favourite shot of the Kimberley Coast

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8 10 2013
Lorna

“WOW” is simply not enough!!! Such breathtaking beauty leaves one speechless, even when viewed on a small screen. Incredible!!
How marvellous that you & your kids get to actually see & experience God’s glorious creation first hand.
Bless you!
Love
Lorna xx
PS Would love to pop in for a fish supper. Go Steve! Shame you’re just a klm or 2 too far away!!!

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