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Whales Watching Tourists
Antarctica

Penguin colonyPenguin colony (Fran Andrews)
Back on the boat, it was time for another leg home that took us through humpback whale territory. The boat slowed to give us a better chance of spotting some whales. I’m not sure who spotted whom first, the whales seeing our boat or the tourists spotting the whales. But, before long, trios of whales were coming for a look at our boat. They would swim on one side, circle around the back of the boat dive and come up on the other side of the boat. They would come up right next to the side of the boat; dive under the boat and come up on the other side. I’m positive they were getting a real kick out of watching the tourists run from one side of the boat to the other to get a better look.

A few times the whales would come right next to the boat and stick their heads straight up out of the water and hold that position for 10 seconds or so. I think they were trying to get a good look at the passengers or maybe take a photo.

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