We follow the federal whale watching guidelines, which dictate that we stop the boat at least 100 yards (328 ft) away from whales. Whales have their own rules, however, and may approach the boat as they wish. We also voluntarily participate in WhaleSENSE, so that our captains and guides are trained to be extremely mindful of the whale’s natural behaviors, taking special care to ensure that we do not cut off their natural path of movement. Close encounters with the whales must be on their terms, not ours.