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Old 09-27-2011
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I'm not sure what the regs are in BC but here in the States we have a 200 yard/meter restriction meaning you have to stay that far away from them. Difficult to do since they don't seem to understand the rules:-)) We've had them swim directly under our boats several times and come alongside to take a look at us, they know precisely where you are and it would be impossible to hit them in a sailboat IMHO (fast power boat is a definite danger to them). We don't go out "whale watching" much anymore because there's usually a large crowd of commercial boats around them all the time during the tourist season. When you do encounter them and it's just you and them and they come over and look you in the eye from a few feet away, or they breach close to your boat, it's a special experience you never forget.
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