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BLUE WHALES

Blue whales are the biggest animals in the world – and extremely rare. You have good chances of spotting them in Iceland, Quebec, Mexico and Australia.

ORCAS

Orcas are the top predators of the world’s oceans. Especially in Norway and Canada, chances are high to come across them.

RIGHT WHALES

Right whales are the bulkiest whales, but very agile nonetheless. Watch them jump in Australia, South Africa and Argentina.

GRAY WHALES

Every year, gray whales migrate back and forth between Mexico and Alaska. At some places you can even see them from the mainland.

BELUGAS

Belugas are very popular because of their facial expressions. You can often meet them in great numbers in Quebec, Manitoba and Nunavut.

FINBACKS

Finbacks are the second biggest whales in the world. The best places to meet them are Quebec and New England.

HUMPBACKS

Humpback whales are gifted singers and tricky hunters: Singing takes place in the South Seas, hunting is done in the cold fjords.

MINKE WHALES

Minke whales are curious, playful and widespread. They can be found everywhere, in Australia even while snorkeling.

SPERM WHALES

Sperm whales dive deeper than any submarines. They can be spotted close to the coast in Norway, New Zealand and on the Azores.

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Best places AUTUMN

Orcas in Canada, right whales in South Africa, juvenile humpbacks off Australia: autumn, here we go!

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BRITISH COLUMBIA

Canada's Pacific Coast is rough and wild. And it has orcas, humpbacks and gray whales - along with rainforests full of bears and cougars.

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AUSTRALIA

Right now, thousands of humpbacks are traveling north - always super close to the coast. Meet them in Queensland and New South Wales!

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SOUTH AFRICA

Elephants, lions, rhinos, hippos: In South Africa you can meet lots and lots of exciting animals. The gigantic southern right whales, too!

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QUEBEC

The Canadian East Coast is known to be one of the best places on earth to experience the Indian Summer. It's also THE place for whale watching!

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