Orcas, also known as killer whales, are beautiful, fascinating, huge creatures. Males can measure up to 26 feet and often weigh in excess of 6 tons. Kayaks, on the other hand, are small, light and prone to tipping, especially if they encounter a massive whale tail. If, knowing all this, the thought of coming into direct, sudden contact with one of the largest animals on earth sounds appealing, you’d better head to the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington state and reserve your spot on an orca-watching kayak tour. Single or multi-day sea kayaking expeditions are available and affordable so you can easily seize the opportunity to whale watch like never before.
Is it scary to think about being so vulnerable around an animal known to eat great white sharks? Yes, of course it is. But that shouldn’t deter you — you’re an Adrenalist and, though you may not fully admit it to yourself, the thought of capsizing in orca-infested waters sounds sort of awesome, right? We get it.
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