Stellwagen Bank ranked top 10 spots in the World to see whales.


With warmer weather here, Trevor Day, author of Whale Watcher: A Global Guide to Watching Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises in the Wild (Firefly Books, $19.95), tells Ron Schoolmeester for USA TODAY where to spot the behemoths. Not to worry, though, if your summer plans are complete: There’s good whale-watching somewhere in the world during most any season.
The Azores


Visitors to this Portuguese archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, about 1,000 miles from Lisbon, view whales and dolphins from lookout towers called vigias. Small whale-watching vessels also operate tours. “From May to October, see sperm whales, the largest of all toothed whales at up to 59 feet long and weighing up to 55 tons,” Day says. Look, too, for several species of beaked whale rarely seen elsewhere.


The deep waters off the west coast of this Caribbean island attract the blunt-headed sperm whales year-round. “Winter, though, is the best time to see these sperm whales, along with humpback whales that come to Dominica’s bays to breed and reward visitors with acrobatic displays,” Day says.


South Africa

“Hermanus offers some of the best land-based whale watching in the world,” Day says. “Several hundred Southern right whales migrate past its shores between July and November.” Playful and sometimes curious, the 50-foot adults court and mate while pregnant mothers calve.

Glacier Bay


Glacier Bay is where whale experts first studied humpback whales “bubble-netting” — blowing bubbles to herd fish into a tight ball before swallowing them. “If visitors are really lucky, they can see up to a dozen whales engaged in this remarkable hunting technique,” Day says. Groups of orcas (killer whales) patrol the entrance to the bay, while porpoises and dolphins are commonly seen inside the bay. Best time to visit: June to early September.

Hervey Bay

Queensland, Australia

Between July and November (winter and early spring Down Under), humpback whales hurl themselves clear of the water in exuberant displays in the quiet, protected waters of Hervey Bay. “Humpbacks grow to more than 50 feet long and can weigh nearly 50 tons. Yet these gentle creatures are curious, and some will approach boats,” Day says.

Monterey Bay


Visitors can see whales, dolphins and porpoises in the vicinity of Monterey Bay year-round. “In mid-December to April, see migrating gray whales,” Day says. “In summer and fall, humpback whales and the world’s largest whale, the blue whale, migrate here to feed.”

Stellwagen Bank


Southern New England hosts more than 30 companies offering whale-watching tours from more than 15 seaside communities. “A focus is Stellwagen Bank, a submerged sandbank that runs from the tip of Cape Cod to Boston’s north shore at Cape Ann,” Day says. “April to May is the best time to see the highly endangered Northern right whale (only a few hundred survive). Between April and October, spectacular humpback whales are a common sight.”

Península Valdés

Patagonia, Argentina

Península Valdés is a hot spot for Southern right whales and orcas. “Southern right whales arrive in July and stay to November, but the best time to see them is September to October,” Day says. “A remarkable spectacle is watching them ‘sail’ on the wind, with their flukes raised in the air to catch the breeze. Orcas are present year-round, but from mid-February to mid-April, they hunt sea-lion pups, and on selected beaches will ride onto the shore to snatch pups.”

Vancouver and Vancouver Island

British Columbia, Canada

More than 400 orcas swim in the waters around Vancouver. “Between May and September, visitors can see the whales by ferry, cruise ship, whale-watch boat and even from the land,” Day says. In summer, about 40-50 gray whales also feed in the waters off Vancouver Island. In March and April, many more pass through on their northward migration. 800-435-5622; or

Sea of Cortez

Baja California, Mexico

“The Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez) just south of Baja, or ‘lower,’ California, is arguably the best place to see the world’s largest whales, blue whales,” Day says. “These 75-foot giants, weighing more than 100 tons, are regularly seen between January to April along with several other baleen (filter-feeding) whales, such as the humpback and fin.” In the same season, gray whales, with their barnacled and scarred bodies, court and calf in the lagoons.

2011 season is almost here for Bluefin Tuna and Striped Bass

We are only a couple months away from when the Mackerel and Bass show up in Duxbury, MA. Last year the Bluefin Tuna showed up at Stellwagen Bank in the last week of May. We expect the same thing this year. Right now the regulations are the same as they were at the beginning of last season for Tuna. We are allowed to keep the small fish under 73in. Last year a few weeks into the season they banned keeping fish between 59 and 73 inches. The report off of North Carolina is that there are large schools of Tuna heading up our way. We are now booking for this upcoming season. Check the website for the 2011 rates and discounts…You ready??

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