Whale Watching Is An Experience Of A Lifetime
PHOTO: Imagine seeing this up close and personal? (Courtesy Clipper Vacations)
You step on the ferry and search for the perfect seat for your excursion. Camera in hand, you stare out at the water, hoping for just a glimpse, if not more, of these beautifully majestic creatures. You try not to blink or look away because you’re afraid you might miss them. Finger poised on the record button, you also hope to capture what you just witnessed in the water.
Whale watching is an amazing experience that puts you up close to these massive mammals. There are so many whales to see in the ocean, including killer whales, humpbacks, blue whales and beluga whales just to name a few. They can weigh anywhere from 2,200 pounds to 110,000 pounds (the North Pacific White Whale).
Clipper Vacations has a variety of day and overnight whale watching tours that depart from Seattle, Washington and head to the San Juan Islands, Victoria and Vancouver in Canada. It’s one of the most popular vacation activities to do, according to statistics. Whale-watching revenue topped $2 billion in 2009 and has grown 10% every year since.
On these trips, which can range in length, you will enjoy a two-and a half hour sightseeing adventure. There’s more beauty to the sea than just whales though and you might find yourself snapping pics of humpbacks, minkes, sea lions, eagles and Orcas. The resident Orcas – which are black in color with white undersides as well as white markings located behind the eyes and dorsal fin – are the largest of the dolphin family, averaging 27 feet in length and weighing eight tons The Orcas in the Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands are known as the Southern Resident Community and are one of the best-studied Orca populations in the world.
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The Victoria Clipper leaves from downtown Seattle and heads to Victoria’s Inner Harbour, where an expert naturalist will be on board to help you identify exactly what you are watching in the water. Watch plankton sampling where you will see the tiny creatures that form the foundation of the food chain in the Salish Sea. The naturalist will also explain the behaviors demonstrated by whales and other wildlife and the long-term survival of the animals you are watching. There is additional reading material on board to answer any other questions you may have.
In the three-day, two-night package to Vancouver and quaint Victoria, British Columbia, you will also embark on a scenic train ride from Seattle to Vancouver and then head out on your whale watching journey.
There are day trips and overnight excursions and accommodations are available at San Juan Island hotels – The Earthbox Inn and Spa or the Friday Harbor Suites – and in Vancouver and Victoria. Whale watch excursions can also be combined with the Victoria and Vancouver vacation packages.
It doesn’t matter what whales you end up seeing on these trips, you will remember this voyage for a lifetime. These excursions are guaranteed to be a success, or you will receive a voucher for another trip.
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