Whale-Watching!

Yesterday afternoon, we drove to the Pacific Whale Foundation, where we climbed aboard the Ocean Intrigue and took off on a 2-hour whale-watching excursion (humpback whales). We saw SO MANY WHALES; they were everywhere! There were 7 or 8 of them jumping way off in the horizon (equivalent, from my perspective, to the size of pencil lead), but only two of us actually saw them. There were dozens of water spouts (caused by the whales blasting air out from their blowholes), and we saw at least 20 tails flip straight up in the air as the whales dove down. Later on, the crew turned on some sort of live sound system which played for us the song that the whales were singing underwater. It was beautiful to hear, and we got to listen to it for about 3-4 minutes. Once we started maneuvering the boat back towards the dock, we had to throw it back into neutral and coast for awhile because there was a whale directly in front of us! It dove down pretty soon after we saw it, and we got some pretty sweet photos of the tail before it went underwater. At the very end of the trip, as we were docking, a few of us saw 3 more whales repeatedly lifting their tails straight up and smacking them back down on the water, at least 20-30 times. It was so fun scanning the ocean for signs of the humpback whales, and hearing the gasps of the onlookers as they saw the giant splashes. Whale-watching was definitely my favorite part of our trip so far, and I would highly recommend it to anyone and everyone.

-Stevie                              

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