In the world of whale watching, being "mugged" is considered cute, while seagulls are murderous villains that need to be shot, and not just with a camera. For most though, there's nothing quite like getting up close to a giant of the ocean, seeing a humpback breach or a minke eye you up.
Whether it’s a humpback whale breaching the waves in a bold display or a grey whale and her calf gently cresting the water’s surface, there’s something magical about any encounter with these mammoth creatures of the sea. Whale-watching has become one of the world’s most popular wildlife attractions, and there have never been more opportunities to view the seafaring mammals than today. Whales can be spotted in every ocean, but some locations are better for whale-watching tours than others.
A 2017 study showed that 23 million people took part in whale watching that year.