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Blue Whale Watching

For years I have had the same dream about a blue whale. I see the sea darken as the gigantic mammal comes to the surface. Then I see the monster 1)_____ at me through the clear green water.

But finally I am about to see my dream come true. Several months of planning had brought me to the warm waters off the southern tip of Sri Lanka. Less than an hour after leaving the harbour we 2)_____ at the location whales had been seen the day before.

Blue Whales are the largest creatures that have ever lived. Compared to the big"Blue" — elephants, hippos and the biggest great white sharks are tiny. My fellow tourists lined up 3)_____ the deck — all of us breathless with anticipation. Each of us 4)_____ to be the first to see the darkening of the sea.

I heard a shout behind me and suddenly the boat engines roared noisily as the boat was 5)_____ towards a cloud of wheeling seabirds a kilometre ahead. A sharp blow of wind sees 6) _____ the birds and suddenly the ocean becomes calm. I feel like I am close to the end of my life's 7)_____ to the realization of dreams. And then suddenly there she is. The most beautiful sight I have ever seen.