The trick to spotting sea life seems to involve learning to stare vacantly at the ocean for long periods of time. Eventually something pops into view and you'll have achieved your quota of excitement for the day. Does not combine well with casinos, bingo, pools or brisk walks on the outer prom deck; works with a drink at hand and feet up. The more sea days the better. Cameras are pointless, binoculars more pointless. If someone shouts "whale!" do not move - it's either a false id (ie. a log), or it is on the other side of the ship and will have disappeared by the time you get there. Whales do want to come to you but - like cats - in their own sweet time.