VIDEO: Cabarita woman Snapchats birth of a whale
A WOMAN has captured on camera the beautiful moment a calf was born at a popular whale watching spot off Cabarita Beach on Monday.
Haylee Harapett was walking with her daughter Brittnee James up the picturesque Norries Headland at 1pm when they spotted a whale in the calm sea waters.
A busy spot for visitors this whale watching season, Ms Harapett said on Sunday she'd caught a glimpse of several whales in distance, but that day the animal was only 40 metres from the headland.
"No one really had any idea what she was doing, and we were joking she was going the wrong way, because she was heading south and not north, as part of the migration," Harapett said.
"The waters were really calm and she was just drifting with the waves.
"The lady behind us with binoculars said the whale was giving birth and we all grinned ... we realised that's why the whale was so mellow."
Ms Harapett was using a phone app to Snapchat short videos from the headland to 30 of her friends and family, capturing the moment of birth.
"As soon as the baby whale came out, the mother made this really awesome noise and her whole demeanour changed," Ms Harapett said.
"She was making splashes with her body and making a loud call through her blowhole to her baby.
"Once the job was done, the birth was done, and the baby had a play on the rocks, it was like she said 'alright you've had your play, now let's go'."
Ms James, 20, said the joyous moment lasted only 10 minutes, but was the experience of a lifetime, acknowledged by the applause it prompted from onlookers.
"I was warm and fuzzy and so close you could have swum out to them," Ms James said.
The baby was named "Norri", after its birth place, Norries Headland.