Took the kids to the beach today, and when we left around 5:30pm, I decided to drive north for an adventurous side-trip on the way home. We ended up driving to the end of a penninsula that rises up several hundred feet above the ocean. As we were coming over the ridge, we spotted whale spouts about 1/2 to 1 mile off shore! And then we could see the creatures' backs! We stopped at an observation point and were told they were Blue Whales (and also some Fin whales were spotted in the area), and that there had been upwards of 25 of them in the channel this week. When you consider there are only 2,000 of these animals living in the Pacific Ocean, it's astounding to think that so many of them are in our back yard! I texted husband at work and boy was he jealous. Seriously thinking of splurging for the family to go out on a tour boat this weekend to get a closer look at these amazing animals before they move out of the area. Usually there may be one or two spotted in our area, but apparently the krill they feed on is particularly abundant right now. Who knows when we'll ever have a chance to see this many again?