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On the ferry to the vashon island farm tour and we spotted a baby orca whale (it's mother was probably deeper) and hundreds of huge jellyfish!
 
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that is cool! I recently watched a documentary on a cooperation that formed between humans and killer whales in australia (I think it was aust. ) fascinating learning about the origin of "the law of the tongue" and the intelligence held by those powerful creatures.
 
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In the spring of 2002, we took a vacation to the Seattle area, stayed with friends in Carnation, Wa. They loaned us a car & we drove to Anacortes, spent the night & got on a huge ferry boat (with the car) and went to the San Juan Islands & took a whale watching tour around the islands. It was a small boat (only 27') and it was just us, another couple and the captain.

Unfortunately...we didn't get to see any whales. The water was extremely choppy, it was a very grey and windy day. Not a good day for whale watching...or being out in a boat. On the way back, the tour boat was swamped at one point, by a big wave. It came over the front of the boat completely, couldn't see anything but water! Our captain handled it expertly; but he said he'd been doing tours for 30 years and had never been out with a tour during conditions like that. It was the sort of seas one would try to avoid and they usually do. As soon as things settled down, he was on the radio, canceling the last tour of the day & spreading the word about the conditions.

I'm envious that you got to see a whale out in the ocean, Paul. That is on my "bucket list". Hope to be in whale country again someday. Definitely need to go when the weather is not so crazy. April wasn't the best month for it.
 
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