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The Last Ten Days

Aug 13, 2013


Location: Hook Island, Whitsunday’s, Australia
Author: Alex Benedict
It is hard to think back to the rush of adrenaline through my spine when I first came aboard Argo 70 days ago. The nervousness of meeting my crew-members, the anxiousness of the journey that lied ahead, and the change that could happen for me as a person. Now we have reached the end, the finally, the home stretch, and oh what a journey it has been. Although the ending is within sight, there are still many things that need to be accomplished both on Argo and in the waters of Australia. A 50-mile motor from Mackay to the remote Hook Island brought us all that much closer to separation, so each moment must now be cherished from here on out. However, despite a rather rigorous morning of 4am crew wake-ups and a full list of class, Mother Nature never fails to disappoint in this part of the world. A mother Humpback whale and her calf decided to keep us company for a few hours of the day. From a distance we could see the mother breaching fully out of the water. As the boat drew closer it became apparent that this breaching seemed to be a teaching lesson from mother to baby, for less than 100 yards away, the baby humpback continuously attempted the full breach. I have never heard so many “awww’s” and “ooooh’s” from a crowd. The day came to a close with a voluntary night dive in the waters of the Whitsundays. I have no doubt in my heart that these next 10 days shall be ones to remember.