The meaning of the idiom “to have a whale of a time” alludes to the largest mammals on earth and describes that you experience and enjoyed a “great” and “impressive” time. Whether the origins of this idiom are not clear it describes for me very vividly the feelings and impressions I experienced when I went out to encounter these magnificent animals.
During these "eye-to-eye"-encounters the time really stands still for a while. You stop to breathe and forget to trigger the camera. This privilege is a "once in your lifetime" experience.
Swimming with whales at Silver Bank, in the Caribbean Sea to have close encounters with humpback whales in their natural environment is an interactive and exceptional journey unlike any other experience in your lifetime.
The Northern Elephant Seals are the largest species of pinnipeds. They were hunted to the edge of extinction and only a few species survived. Since it was not worth to continue to hunt them in an economic sense, the few ones who survived recovered remarkably and due to their protection there are thousands of elephant seals on the San Benito Islands, on the way along the Mexican Pacific Coast in Baja California.
South-East Alaska also known as the Inside Passage" has an abundance of wildlife - grizzly bears, marmots, eagles, humpback whales, killer whales, Steller sea lions, snow-capped mountains, glaciers and icebergs, romantic villages and much more to discover. … click here for more
If you really want to encounter up-close Gray Whales the Pacific Coast of Baja California (Mexico) is the best in Laguna San Ignacio and Bahia Magdalena, the winter quarters for the migrating Pacific Gray Whales, where they give birth. The Gray Whalesare very curious and approach the boats, so that you can really make an eye-to-eye contact with them and even touch them. Eco-tourism helped in a certain way to protect the laggons and the whole marine life in Baja California.
Why whale watching is so fascinating? Cetaceans are often curious, approach boats, turn to the side to have a better look on you. With their social behavioral patterns they try to communicate among themselves and toward us, that is the difference to most of all othe species of wild animals. … click here for more
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