Puget Sound Express, Washington’s Best Opportunity for Watching Whales in the Wild

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If you’ve always wanted to see whales in the wild, the Pacific Northwest is the place to go, and Puget Sound Express offers some of the best experiences around, with guaranteed whale watching tours that depart from Port Townsend at the north tip of the Olympic Peninsula, and Edmonds, located just north of Seattle.

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The 'American Serengeti'
See Orcas in the Wild, San Juan Islands, Washington

The 'American Serengeti'

This area has been called the “American Serengeti,” with some of the world’s highest concentrations of whales, dolphins and other marine life. Orcas, or killer whales, are a big hit, but you can also see gray whales, minkes and humpbacks as well as seals, sea lions, bald eagles and many other creatures.

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Viewing these animals where they should be, in the wild, is a much more rewarding experiencing than seeing them stuck in a tank or forced to perform for an audience. The Whale and Dolphin Conservation project estimates that whales born in captivity only live to 4.5 years old, on average, a number derived from that fact that many of SeaWorld’s orcas die before they reach their second decade. In the wild, they typically live to between the age of 60 and 80 – despite SeaWorld’s claims that it’s just 25 to 35 years, about the same lifespan they have in captivity. One famous whale known as Granny, recently passed away at the ripe old age of 105.

Jumping For Joy
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Jumping For Joy

Your knowledgeable guide will fill you in on all sorts of interesting information about the whales and other animals you’re seeing on the excursion. Of course, the highlight is getting to see them leap from the water, a behavior called breaching that looks as if they’re jumping for joy.

Out here, they probably are.

When To Go
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When To Go

While many are under the impression this activity is only available in the summer, there are a variety of opportunities all year long, and some of the best whale watching takes place in the spring.

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March and April bring the chance to join a grey whale tour, and from late April through late October, the four-hour guaranteed whale watching tours are offered. Full day trips to San Juan Island are available as well, along with a number of other options.

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