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Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2004 20:20:39 +1000 (EST)
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Subject: *****SPAM***** Marine wildlife cruise to shelf off Merimbula
Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2004 14:58:10 +1000
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Given the success of organising trips out of Eden in the last few 
years, =
we've decided to up the stakes a little. We have made a booking of 
'True =
Blue', a 16m sea-cat (see = fully licensed 
for =

The trip is scheduled for January 15th-16th. This is not the time of =
year when humpback whales are present but is the peak for sightings and 
strandings of beaked whales, which are the focus of the trip. Amongst =
other things, probable Arnoux's beaked whales / southern bottlenose =
whales have been recorded along this coastline at this time by tuna =
flights in the past. About 25 miles offshore are the Merimbula canyons, 
where these animals have been seen. As with any wildlife cruise, there =
are no guarantees, but in the last few years we have seen pygmy killer =
whales, sperm whale, risso's dolphin, common dolphin, leatherback =
turtle, ocean sunfish and various seabirds on these trips. Mid-January =
is peak season and the weather is usually really good so we have the =
best chance of two days at sea - at other times of the year we usually =
get one.

What Sapphire Coast Fishing Charters is offering, is a package 
including =
three nights accommodation (Friday, Saturday and Sunday night), lunch =
and two 9 hour trips out to the shelf for between about $280.00-340.00 =
per person (we split the cost of the charter between all present, so 
the =
final price will be dependent on final numbers). If we don't get out to 
sea, then the cost reduces as we will not pay for boat charter.

We aim to take between 25 and 30 people. About half these places are =
available, so let me know asap if you wish to come. I should point out =
that myself and Dave Donnelly organise these trips but we take no =
responsibility for anyone other than ourselves, this being a private =
charter between everyone. The boat leaves about 7:00am in the morning =
from the Merimbula lake jetty and returns about 4pm. Accommodation is =
provided by Sapphire Coast Fishing Charters and the rest is up to you. =
Money is paid directly to the charter operator - though we usually end =
up collating it.

If we don't get out, there are numerous alternatives including some =
great snorkelling and diving sites as well as rainforest birding or =
simply the pub!

Spaces are strictly on a first come first served basis, so get in quick!

All the best,

Simon Mustoe.

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