North America's Best Whale-Watching Spots

Follow Ishmael’s footsteps: go whale watching, from the banks of Cape Cod to the tropical shores of Hawaii.

Grand Manan Island, Canada—The Bay of Fundy

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The right whale is incredibly endangered—as surface feeders, they’re easily struck by ship traffic. In addition, they’re so full of blubber they float to the water’s surface when killed (and so were once considered the “right” whale to hunt). Today, only 350 North Atlantic right whales exist, and you can find nearly half of them (last year, 141) in the nutrient-rich waters of the Bay of Fundy.

Season: Late July to mid-October.

Check Out: The New England Aquarium keeps a blog detailing the behavior of the right whales each summer.

North America's Best Whale-Watching Spots

Grand Manan Island, Canada—The Bay of Fundy

The right whale is incredibly endangered—as surface feeders, they’re easily struck by ship traffic. In addition, they’re so full of blubber they float to the water’s surface when killed (and so were once considered the “right” whale to hunt). Today, only 350 North Atlantic right whales exist, and you can find nearly half of them (last year, 141) in the nutrient-rich waters of the Bay of Fundy.

Season: Late July to mid-October.

Check Out: The New England Aquarium keeps a blog detailing the behavior of the right whales each summer.

Brian Skerry/NGS Image Collection
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