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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.

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.

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.

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Best places MAY

May is a good time to meet gray and blue whales. Here is where and when.

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THE AZORES

Volcanic, remote and an abundance of green: The Azores are the Hawaii of the Atlantic. The difference: Less beaches, more whales.

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GREENLAND

April may not be high season to visit Greenland. But right now you have good chances to meet narwhals, belugas and bowheads before they travel further north.

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CALIFORNIA

The most beautiful beaches, the wildest coastlines and the most beautiful parks: California has got everything, including very good whale-watching locations.

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OREGON

The Pacific Coast of Oregon and Washington is rough, wild and incredibly beautiful. Main season for gray whales: March and April!

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