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Free Willy er uh Knobby!



Today while traveling to buy a $50 freezer for $450 I heard on the radio (yes mom they have radio in New Zealand) that a 23 ft fully grown male Orca had beached itself in Papmoa. This beach is about 10 minutes from our house and being the awesome parents we are we wanted out kids to see a whale in the wild so to speak. Apparently we weren't the only awesome parents listening to the radio because a few thousand of our closest friends showed up with us to see the spectacle. As you can see from the photos they brought in a backhoe to create a channel for him. So we decided to wait since it looked like he might be free soon. We were not disappointed. I've seen twin engine jet boats put out less wake. Knobby, as he was called, sensed open water and with a surge that rivaled any speech given by William Wallace he pushed in one great effort and freed himself. It was AWESOME. A bit anticlimactic that he swam like a drunk frat boy after a party but still way cool. Kids were chuffed (that's a good thing by the way) and it was worth the wait in the rain.

2 comments:

Powers Family said...

That's AWESOME!!! So jealous. I heard they finally got radio stations out to your part of the world what 1 month, 2 months ago I know it is hard with only one station but what do you expect you live in a 3rd world country. Totally kidding of course. So, did you get the frezzer? Miss you guys a ton. Love, Ruth

AngMomof3 said...

Wow. So cool. Glad the kiddos got to see it!

Hmmm... a $50 freezer for $450... that's a story in itself, and doesn't sound like a very good deal!