"July 13, 2004 – 10:15 p.m. Chatham Straight, SE Alaska. Wow! Dark is descending and the boat is surrounded by humpback whales. We counted 22 at least. A calm sea, twilight hovering, gentle flukes gracefully arcing through the water.
The sound of the exhale so clear and extraordinary. Five or six in quick succession. It was hard to hear the inhale, people were talking. I wished for a more silent experience, but it was so exciting it was hard not to talk.
I went out just in my night gown with my fleece jacket and my legs are still cold as I write this. I'll never forget the feeling of being surrounded by the whales, the sounds of their exhale and the cold, Alaskan wind on my bare legs at twilight."