19 February 2008

Ya pays yer money and ya takes yer chances...

Tod and I have been talking for a long time about going on a whale-watching cruise. Recently, the City started a discount program where employees could get $10 off though Harbor Breeze Cruises, and we took advantage of it yesterday.

Our 3:00 p.m. departure was postoned till 3:30, because the previous group had found some whales towards the end of their cruise. We found this somewhat reassuring, thinking that the captain would know where to go with our group.

Unfortunately, that was not the case. We searched and searched, and eventually came across a boat from another company, who had found a large pod of dolphins. There were actually two different pods, one of bottlenose dolphins and one of Risso's dolphins, who appeared to be playing together. They performed for us (yes, it really seemed that was what they were doing) for several minutes. By this time it was dusk, and we could barely differentiate the grey dolphins from the grey water. We were also getting quite chilled (and we were prepared for the weather, many of the other passengers were just wearing t-shirts and sandals!).

We went below to warm up with the help of some hot chocoate, and just stayed there for the return trip. It was after 6:00 p.m. by the time we docked; not quite a three-hour tour.

The information person from the Aquarium kept saying how unusual this was, as this is the peak time for whales migrating in both directions. We were disappointed, of course, but the whales don't punch a time clock (no matter how much we wish they would).

We do plan to go back, but we'll probably wait till summer when the blues start to migrate.

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