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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.

MINKE WHALES

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

HUMPBACKS

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

FINBACKS

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

BELUGAS

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

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.

RIGHT WHALES

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

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.

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Best places NOVEMBER

If you want to meet the big whales in November your best option will be traveling south. Far south.

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AUSTRALIA

Right now the southeastern coast of Australia is a great place to meet southern right and blue whales.

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NEW ZEALAND

In New Zealand, you can meet sperm whales and dolphins, a wide range of unbelievably spectacular landscapes included.

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CALIFORNIA

Meet the last blue whales of the season. Or say Hello to the first gray whales traveling south again.

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SOUTH AFRICA

Elephants, lions, rhinos, hippos, crocodiles – South Africa offers numerous exciting animals, southern right whales, too!

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