Sunday, August 05, 2007

Gray Whale viewing

I found an interesting site today called Climate of our Future and it had some information about viewing the Gray whales off the Pacific Coast of North America.

I remember a trip I took with my boys to Tofino on the western side of Vancouver Island, expressly to take a guided boat tour to see the . I was quite excited, it was something I had always wanted to do. I think I anticipated it more than the kids. It was a beautiful day and there was a gentle swell on the water.

The gentle swell became more of a swell, and then a little more so. No one seemed to mind except me, and my stomach. I started to feel really sick and by the time the whales were spotted I was hanging over the side of the boat while crew members laughed at my discomfort.

The culminating moment of the trip was when a large whale appeared right below me and I acknowledged his presence by barfing over its back. My kids thought that was funny. Still, I was glad I saw the whales. That particular whale might have thought differently.

A previous post that mentions the Gray Whales near Pender Island


zephyr01 said...

That was a great post!! Yes I didn't mention the fact that I got sea sick!! I didn't see any whales either so my trip was mostly to test my water legs...

Shelby said...

oh the whales - love to watch for them when I'm in oregon..

Claire said...

I have been dreaming of whale watching since i was wee, but i too get very very sea sick! I bet the same thing would happen to me :(

Will be checking out for those links.