Whale sighted in the Blue Mountains!

Who would have thought  that  whale watching would be a genuine tourist draw in the Blue Mountains,  two hours west of Sydney?    Unlike coastal whales the species, known  as hedgeritum greenius magnum  is  very  slow moving and easy to spot.  A  prime specimen can be viewed   at a property called Glenhaven, in  Craigend Street, Leura.


Whale’s last supper in Blue Mountains?


Now Leura is one of the most beautiful of the Blue Mountain villages, even though as a loyal Blackheathen I hate to admit it.

You may notice that the creature  has adapted perfectly  to its mountain home and become herbaceous. Oh no, sorry – herbaceous refers to  a garden border. I mean it has become herbivorous. The  great beast in the picture is about to munch into  a hedge of  the Australian native shrub, lilly-pilly,  or is it boring old  photinia?

Sadly,  the shrub will almost  certainly prove to be  the whale’s  last supper. On close inspection you may notice the sinister shadow of a harpooner, weapon raised ready to strike.  The wretched  offender should be prosecuted , but is he  human? The bulky shape of the shadow  matches reports of  a mythical  creature known as Big Foot,  last sighted  near the lower Blue Mountains village of Springwood. Hmmm; ‘Curiouser and curiouser’ as Alice famously said.

Big Foot poses threat to defenceless  whale!


Big Foot and his tribe  (because  surely he is not alone) are sometimes referred to as  ‘forest apes’, although the term may be a reference to a related nocturnal  sub-species often seen (and heard!)  driving Holden utilities.  The only reason I can come up with  to explain why Big Foot would attack an  inoffensive  green whale is jealousy.   How sad, as there is room for many more  tourist attractions in the Blue Mountains, especially since the loss of our unique Zig-zag railway.


 Please restore the unique Ziz-zag Railway!

Please restore the unique Ziz-zag Railway!


A final word. We must never allow Big Foot to get anywhere  near the glow-worm tunnel at Newnes, near Lithgow. He would scrape the sweet little things off the walls  and sprinkle them on his breakfast blubber.


Mysterious  Glow-worm Tunnel at Newnes in the Blue Mountains










  1. Oh Pauline! I love this! What a sense of humour you have, (or is it sense of the absurd?) And just what is that shadow? was that done on purpose, or is it a trick of the light? I want a whale like that in my garden, alas my privet is only 8 feet long and four feet high , maybe a straight fat anaconda then! Good luck with the book!

  2. It’s a sense of the absurd bordering on insanity E.R. The result of being a writer for so many years…so you had better be careful! The anaconda may give your locality that touch of fame you were after! The Blue Mountains are renowned for sightings of Big Foot, and if the whale survives, well we will have hit the tourist jackpot for sure.

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