While we might not be making much progress with protecting endangered land animals, one of the big success stories has been the whale species, which were almost hunted to extinction. Now they are hunted by small, powerful whale watching boats, which keep their distance, yet are able to offer passengers an amazing ringside seat, as these majestic creatures carry out a wide range of surface behaviours.
If you would like to book a spot on a whale watching boat, these are the best locations,
- Sapphire Coast, NSW Australia – Humpback and Southern Right Whales migrate north from Antarctica to the Great Barrier Reef, passing Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, with perhaps the best whale watching in Merimbula, where the top boats operate.
- Seattle, USA – This is regarded as one of the best venues in the northern hemisphere, where you can see Humpbacks and Orca, with mid-May to mid-October being the season. Vancouver Island is the place to head for and the seasoned skippers know all the best locations for observing whales.
- Kaikoura, New Zealand – The very deep water and the meeting of cold and warm currents stirs up nutrients and the whales know this. The Humpback is found in the months of June and July, while Orca are in abundance from December to March. You might be lucky and have a close encounter with the enormous Blue Whale and that would be a memorable experience.
- Quebec, Canada – Whale species include Humpback, Blue and Minke, which are very curious, while Beluga are also found in these cold waters. Near the estuary of the St, Lawrence River is the ideal location, and with the shipper’s intimate knowledge of the region, you are sure to be entertained. Seals and walrus are also nearby, along with the Orca that prey on the species, and you might get the chance to see a Polar Bear.
- Los Cabas, Mexico – This marks the end of a 6,000-mile journey for Gray Whales and January to April is the best time to watch whales mating. This has long been a firm favourite for serious whale watchers and there are many whale watching vessels that cover this part of the coast.
The Internet is a great source of information and when you are ready to book your whale watching tour, you can do that via the operator’s website and get ready for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.