Whale Activities


There are lots of great whale activities.

 
Whale watching is a very popular activity in countries where whales can be seen.

Watching Wild Dolphins and Whales


Humpback Whale, Megaptera Novaeangliae, Swimming Near a Tourist Boat
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In some places, it is possible to see the whales from the shore. In other places, it is better to go out to the sea to see them. It is popular to join guided whale watching tours that take you out to the sea on their boats.
Dolphin watching is usually less seasonal because they don't migrate as much as do the large baleen whales. So during the season when whales don't migrate, whale watching companies often put on dolphin watching tours.




Tourist in Boat Photographing a Killer Whale
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Whales and dolphins are found in all oceans. There are, however, some places in the world that are particularly popular with whale watching tours. Such places in eastern North America are Canada's Quebec, Nova Scotia, Halifax and Newfoundland: also the US's East Coast or New England Region (particularly Maine: Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Bar Harbor, Boston, Provincetown, Newport and Cape Ann).
 In western North America there are popular whale watching places in Alaska (Juneau), British Columbia (Vancouver, Vancouver Island), Washington (Seattle, Bellingham, Anacortes, San Juan Islands, Puget Sound), Oregon and California (San Francisco, Dana Point, Santa Barbara, Monterey, and San Diego in southern California).


Short-Beaked Common Dolphins, Porpoising Azores, Port
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In Hawaii, there is good whale watching on Kauai and Maui Islands. In the Caribbean, there's Dominica; and Puerto Vallarta and Baja California are popular in Mexico. In Europe, there is good whale watching in Iceland, Norway, Scotland, Ireland and Azores. In South Africa, some of the better places are around Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route, as well as lookout points in some coastal towns like Hermanus. In New Zealand, Kaikoura is the most popular place, and in Australia, popular places include Hervey Bay, Gold Coast, Great Barrier Reef Trips, Byron Bay, Sydney, Victoria (Warrnambool), and many places along the Southern and Western coasts. 

Watching Dolphin Shows

Tourists Watch Captive Dolphins Chasing Food Thrown by a Keeper
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Dolphin shows are also very popular. Dolphins are smaller than whales but equally intelligent and can put on interesting shows. And because they don't migrate, they can survive better in captivity. Bottlenose dolphins are particularly popular show performers, but there are others. Many aquariums in the world put on dolphin shows, but the most popular is probably the Sea World in Orlando, Florida. There are also places to see wild dolphin feedings. Some Australian examples are Monkey Mia in Western Australia (Shark Bay), and Tangalooma  and Moreton Bay outside Brisbane in Queensland).

Swimming with Dolphins

Tourists Swim Near Rare Hector's Dolphins, Cephalorhynchus Hectori
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In some places, tour operators will take you out to the sea where you can swim with wild dolphins.

It is so much fun because they are friendly and curious animals and will come very close and interact with humans. There are many places in the world where you can do this, including (www.destin-fla-wanderer.com) Destin in Florida and others (my personal experience comes from Kaikoura in New Zealand).



Whale Surfacing Behaviour

New Bedford Whaling Museum

Alaska Whale Watching Cruise

Orca Whale Watching

Swimming with Dolphins in Hawaii

Swimming with Dolphins in Florida


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