Just back from a week away surfing and doing a bit of writing down the West Coast; the sight of a large whale close offshore the highlight of the week for me. It was just beyond the breakers and we were driving back from Apollo Bay and saw a few people standing by the side of the road looking out to sea, so we pulled over and sure enough there it was; spouting and big enough for the waves to break along its back I thought! It spouted air a few times and we watched it for a while then drove on. Just as we were driving into Lorne we looked out and saw over a hundred dolphins in three big groups all heading somewhere in excitement it seemed to me! Next day, surfing near Fairhaven we saw another whale, this time further out. It was pretty amazing; driving along and seeing a whale.