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  • Rich Thomaselli | July 20, 2016 1:15 PM ET

    Humpback Haven In The Salish Sea

    Humpback Haven In The Salish Sea

    PHOTO: Humpbacks delight passengers aboard the Washington State ferries. (Courtesy Clipper Naturalist Justine Buckmaster)

    Exploding powerfully out of the water, twisting and whirling before and crashing back down on the surface, the mighty beast breaches.

    This is a sight that is becoming increasingly more common in the Salish Sea this summer, with the arrival of a dramatic new group of visitors to our region. The humpbacks are here! And Clipper Vacations passengers have a front row seat to observe these impressive mammals as they feed, splash and play in our local waters.

    READ MORE: Whale Watching Is The Experience Of A LIfetime

    We’ve experienced a massive resurgence of humpback whale activity in the Northwest unlike any other in recent history. Clipper Naturalist Stephanie Raymond, notes that the group currently feeding in the Salish Sea is the largest in over 100 years.

    The Pacific Whale Watch Association, (PWWA) reports that the number of whales in the area is unprecedented, particularly off the southern tip of Vancouver Island, where Clipper guests witnessed an incredible show this week.

    TO READ MORE on this blog, please visit Clipper Vacations' website.


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Rich Thomaselli Clipper Vacations

Rich Thomaselli Rich Thomaselli is a longtime journalist with 27 years experience in newspapers, magazines and digital media. He is a nine-time individual award-winning writer and was also a staff writer at several publications that earned national recognition as well, including Advertising Age winning a ‘Best in Business’ designation from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers in 2007. He previously covered the travel sector for Ad Age, among other beats, from 2001-2013. Rich is married with two children. He will be based in New York. You can reach him at and contact him on Twitter @RichTravelPulse.
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