As the boat steered a course between the sandbacks, like the smooth backs of black whales
, Dunston Staiths approached on the Gateshead side.
and bottlenose dolphins caught in waters near the town would be released into the area, which would be developed as a nature park that also includes beaches and mudflats, he said.
The southern waters off Antarctica were teeming with, as one naval officer wrote in his journal, "a very great number of the largest black whales
, so tame that they allowed the ship to almost touch them before they would get out of the way; so that any number of ships might procure a cargo of oil in a short time.
Indeed, blue whales, humpbacks, pilot black whales
, orcas and gray whales were the stars, with a supporting cast of dolphins, sea lions, pelicans and other ocean creatures.
Spiny black whales
trying to beach themselves en masse.