Between us my brother and myself have racked up more than 30 years fishing off the wharf at Tathra, on the far South Coast of NSW. In that time we've seen all manner of sea creatures, but today topped them all. At around 8:00am we were the only two people on the wharf when a mother whale and her young offspring appeared; not as distant specks on the horizon, but no more than 10 metres away!!! They rose to the surface in unison and dived in usison as they slowly progressed from the beach end of the wharf to deeper waters in the bay. They were so close that we could see the texture of their skin! It was one of those moments when you wish there 50 people there so you could yell, "HEY look!!!!!". Needless to say, I didn't have a camera with me, nor did my brother; needless to say we were both suitably flabbergasted by the short but amazing event.