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April 10, 2014 at 11:43 AM

It’s whale-watch season as grays visit Whidbey Island waters

The gray whales are here. This will be the second weekend of the season for scheduled outings on the Victoria Clipper III to search for gray whales between Seattle and Coupeville, on Whidbey Island. The boat transits Possession Sound and Saratoga Passage along the way. The Clipper outings claimed 100 percent whale sightings in 2013, and last…

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April 18, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Get outta town: 3 quick ideas for your weekend

That's not just another driftwood stump -- it's a spyhopping gray whale that wowed beachwalkers April 13 just off Sandy Point in Saratoga Passage, near Langley, Whidbey Island. (photo by Jill Hein, Orca Network)

That’s not just another driftwood stump in the foreground — it’s a spyhopping gray whale that surprised beachwalkers April 13 just off Sandy Point, near Langley. The town hosts its annual Welcome the Whales Festival and Parade this Saturday. (photo by Jill Hein, Orca Network)

Has your compost heap gone toxic and it’s time to leave town? It’s Earth Day weekend, with free events in every direction:

GO NORTH

Join the annual Welcome the Whales Festival and Parade Saturday in Langley, on Whidbey Island. This time of year gray whales take up residence in Saratoga Passage, between Whidbey and Camano islands. There will be educational displays, costume-making and kid’s activities at the Methodist Church (Third and Anthes streets) at 11 a.m, with a 1:30 p.m. “come as your favorite critter” parade through downtown, ending at the waterfront with a whale blessing, music and dancing. Presentations on gray whales follow at

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