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As you drive the main drag of Tofino, a coastal resort town on Vancouver Island, competing signs beckon you to go whale-watching.

The competition among tour operators is genuine on the street and in the fliers hawking tourist attractions and activities. Each business wants to attract the most tourists to its boats.

But out on the waters, the captains turn from competitors to collaborators. They share their whale sightings by radio, and the competing boats race to the area and follow the same whale(s) for a while, their boats bobbing on the water and their passengers pointing and exclaiming each time a great beast surfaces. (more…)

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