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 whales. 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