Diane Ross
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Orca of the Johnstone Straits

A few years ago I went sea kayaking in the Johnstone Straits in British Columbia to see the Killer Whales.  There is really no way to describe what it is like to be in a kayak and have a whale swim up to you, then under you.  Yes, the whales really did come close to the kayaks.  No, they never once came close to capsizing anyone.    One thing I noticed right away was that the dorsal fins on the whales stood straight up.  I have been to Sea World many times and the dorsal fins on captured whales always fall over.  It was amazing to watch a 6-8 foot dorsal fin break the water and ascend into the air.  I fell in love with whales that summer.  They are magnificent creatures.