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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 WINTER

Orcas in the North, gray whales in the South, humpbacks all around: some ideas for winter!

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MEXICO

Meet the gray whales giving birth to their young at Baja California.

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NORWAY

Enjoy the Norwegian winter and combine whale watching (orcas, humpbacks) with dog-sledding and northern lights.

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HAWAII

Thousands of humpbacks gather in the warm waters off Hawaii to mate and give birth.

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ICELAND

The land of fire and ice is a great place for whale watching – not only in summer but also in winter. Most likely to see: humpbacks!

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