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Go Whale Watching

giants of the ocean

Whale breaching

With Whales being the largest animals on the planet, you would think we know a lot about them, but with 70% of the earths surface being covered in water there is plenty of room for them to hide and as such we do not know a great deal about them.

What I do know though, is that they are a beautiful and intelligent creatures and Whale watching is a must.

Being mammals means that they do have to come up for air every now and then, which gives us the opportunity to see them and there is also the chance you could see them breach from the water.

Jumping Humpback whale

Migration

One thing we have learned about the many different types of Whales is their migration routes, and because of this we can have a good idea of when and where we can see them.

The biggest Whale is the Blue Whale, coming in at 30 metres (98 feet) long and a whopping 173 tonnes (thats equivalent of 2000 men!).

Despite the shear size of these creatures they are not often seen, generally only when they come up for air.

For one of your best chances of seeing the Blue Whale then you want to head out to Monterey Bay in California between June and October.

Due to a having one of the largest submarine canyons in North America, that is very close to the coast, it homes many different types of marine animals who come to feed on the rich nutrients.

Whale tale

Depending on the time of the year you visit you may see other types including

▪ Gray Whale
▪ Humpback Whale
▪ Killer Whale (Orca)
▪ Fin Whales
▪ Common Dolphin
▪ Otters
▪ Sea Lions

It goes without saying that we have to respect all creatures and you should always go with a professional tour guide and keep to a safe distance when Whale watching.

Not only can they ensure you are at a safe distance, but they will give you some in depth knowledge and take you to the best spots.

It is also worth considering taking a camera to take shots and film these majestic moments.

Keep an eye out on our Travel Gear page for some of the best tech.

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