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Images and photos of whales from Canada’s wild Pacific and Atlantic oceans are featured in this gallery of photographs. (There are 22 pictures in photo gallery Whale Pictures)

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Canada is one of the best places for whale watching in the world. The Pacific Ocean to the west, offshore from the province of British Columbia, offers viewings of Killer Whales and Humpbacks. The Atlantic Ocean, at the country’s eastern edge, is a great place to see Long-finned Pilot Whales and other marine mammals.

Flashy black and white Killer Whales, or Orcas, are the largest members of the dolphin family. Transients aggressively hunt sea lions and other mammals, while residents primarily feed upon fish. Males have an impressively tall dorsal fin, up to 6 feet high, that slices through the water. ... ...continue under photos...



Whale Pictures

Whale Watching In BC Canada

A couple of surfing killer whales seen during a whale watching tour in BC, Canada.

Off of Northern Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada there are many whale watching tours available for people wanting to see these fascinating mammals in their natural environment. One of the behavioral traits that a Killer Whale does is surf in the wake of boats and seei ...
Humpback Whale Breach Canada

The massive body of a humpback whale breaks through the water with force as it performs a breach off Vancouver Island.

A Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) will quite often breach several times in a row, like this whale in the waterways off Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada.
Killer Whales Mural Chemainus

Killer Whales on a mural in Chemainus on Vancouver Island in British Columbia in Canada.

Killer Whale Mural in Chemainus, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
Killer Whale Vancouver Island British Columbia

Killer Whale porpoising in Johnstone Strait off of the coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada is a magnificent sight for both locals and tourists to see.

A Killer Whale performing a maneuver known as porpoising in Johnstone Strait off of Vancouver Island, British Columbia is a wonderful sight for anyone to see. The Northern Resident Killer Whales or Orcinus Orca, as they are known, will range from Campbell River all the way North ...
Tail Fin Humpback Whale

Tail fin of a Humpback Whale, Megaptera novaeangliae, Atlantic, Canada, North America.

Tail fin of a Humpback Whale that is going to take a deep dive, Megaptera novaeangliae, Atlantic, Canada, North America.
Gray Whale Baja

A Gray Whale surfaces in the warm waters around Baja, California in the United States of America.

The backside of this Gray Whale in Baja, California is covered with barnacles as they attach themselves for a free ride. No known harm comes to the Gray Whale from these barnacles and when whale watching in Baja, California you can see for yourse ...
Fin Whale Quebec

A fin whale cruises the waters in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Quebec, Canada.

The fin whale is on the list of endangered animals because commercial whaling continues to decrease the numbers. This particular fin whale was spotted in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Quebec, Canada but they can be seen throughout all the major oce ...
Long Finned Pilot Whales Picture

Once the small black dorsal fins of the Long Finned Pilot Whales are seen aboard a whale watching excursion in the Gulf of St Lawrence in Nova Scotia, tourists begin taking pictures.

Between the waves of the Gulf of St Lawrence in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, black dorsal fins are spotted by passengers aboard a whale watching tour. Each picture that is taken is confirmation that this tour boat has come across a pod of Long Finne ...
Orca Family Vancouver Island

A family of Orca stay close together on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada.

A beautiful picture of a family of Orca as they leisurely swim the waters of Johnstone Strait off Northern Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. The mist from their blowholes hangs in the air as each family member comes to the surface for a breath of air. Killer whales i ...
Long Finned Pilot Whales Nova Scotia

On a whale watching excursion in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia we were lucky to come across some Long-Finned Pilot Whales as they surface nearby.

Long-Finned Pilot Whales are not actually whales at all but belong to the dolphin family just like a Killer Whale. These whales are very social mammals and have very round distinctive foreheads which makes them easy to recognize in the wild. Enjo ...
Killer Whale Watching Vancouver Island

A killer whale passes by this whale watching boat, a very common sight in the waters off Northern Vancouver Island in British Columbia.

A Killer Whale gives tourists on a whale watching boat a close up view of himself as he leisurely swims by in the lifting fog. This whale watching vessel is one of many that tour the waters off Northern Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada to view these majestic creatures ...
Long Finned Pilot Whales

During a whale watching excursion, Long-finned Pilot Whales are seen swimming in the Pleasant Bay in the Gulf of St Lawrence.

The Long-finned Pilot Whales are seen swimming in Pleasant Bay during a whale watching excursion. The awesome mammals glide through the blue waters. The pilot whales are part of the dolphin family. Pleasant Bay is located in the Gulf of St Lawren ...
Long Finned Pilot Whales Globicephala Melas Dolphins

Belonging to the Oceanic dolphin family, Long Finned Pilot whales are actually dolphins rather than whales although at times they behave like whales. Their scientific name is Globicephala melas.

A highly social marine mammal, Long Finned Pilot Whales, aka Globicephala melas, are often found in large pods of around 100 animals. Although they are actually dolphins, they often behave more like whales. They also appear similar to the Orca W ...
Humpback Whale Family Bay Of Fundy Whale Watching Tour

A family which consists of a mother and calf Humpback Whale, rest on the surface of the water in the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia giving passengers aboard a whale watching tour a good look at their backside.

Across the surface of the water in the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia, Canada, passengers aboard a whale watching tour view a family of Humpback Whales, a mother and its calf resting on the surface. Usually arriving in these waters around the middle ...
Cape Breton Long Finned Pilot Whales

In the waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, we ventured out on a whale watching excursion to find the Long-Finned Pilot Whales.

We booked a whale watching trip from Pleasant Bay in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, where we headed out into the Gulf of St Lawrence and encountered Long-Finned Pilot Whales. Although called whales, they are actually members of the dolphin family. The ...
Tadoussac Whale Watching Boats Quebec

Two different sized boats leave Tadoussac and head out into the Gulf of St Lawrence in Quebec, Canada for a whale watching adventure.

Two whale watching boats in the Gulf of St. Lawrence off Tadoussac, Quebec are loaded with tourists that are on the look out for various species of Finback Whales. In the Zodiac, people wear rain jackets to stay dry while the people aboard the la ...
Pilot Whales Nova Scotia

The beauty of the waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Nova Scotia as Long Finned Pilot Whales decide to make an appearance for passengers aboard a whale watching tour.

The dorsal fins of the Long Finned Pilot Whales are easily seen above the surface of the waters in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Nova Scotia, Canada. The whale in the foreground gives us a good look at his round forehead before dipping below the co ...
Whales Bones Red Bay Southern Labrador

Across the harbour from Red Bay in Southern Labrador, Canada there are a variety of whale bones dispersed along the beach.

After hiking along the Boney Shore Trail, you will eventually end up on the beach where you will find whales bones from Bowhead and Right Whales that were hunted many years ago. This unique beach along the Labrador Coastal Drive sits across the h ...
Ancient Whaling Boat Red Bay

An ancient boat known as a Chalupa was used for whaling in past years and now is on display at a Red Bay National Historic Site in Southern Labrador, Canada.

Whaling was once the way of life and a boat or Chalupa was used by the Native Indians to hunt these great sea mammals off the Southern Labrador coast in Labrador, Canada. A great deal of information is available about this ancient whaling boat at ...
Souvenirs Tadoussac Artworks

A store in Tadoussac, St. Lawrence selling artwork and souvenirs.

Souvenir Store in Tadoussac, St. Lawrence, selling sculptures and souvenirs.
First Nations Native Art

Beautiful artwork of a whale by Canadian first nations in Canada, North America.

A beautiful piece of art created by the First Nations of Canada: Native art, Canada, North America.
Humpback Whale Watching BC

The British Columbia northern coast is a great location to do some humpback whale watching.

Great location to watch Humpback Whales in British Columbia is between Northern Vancouver Island and Prince Rupert on the Northern Coast. Humpback Whale fluke, Megaptera novaeangliae, British Columbia, Canada, North America. Here you can find a great story/repo ...
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Another member of the dolphin family, the Long-finned Pilot Whale, is exclusive to Atlantic waters. The Long-finned Pilot Whale has a distinctive rounded head with an up curved mouth, and a long, stocky body. Their curved dorsal fins are often visible. They are regularly seen off the coast of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

The Humpback whale has a series of plates called baleen that enable it to filter feed fish and krill. On the whale’s underside, pleat-like grooves run from the lower jaw to the belly. The large tail fluke is often seen as the Humpback dives.

The related Fin Whale also has baleen and throat grooves. This large whale is second only to the Blue Whale in size. Fin Whales have a very streamlined body with a head that is flat on top. They can race through the water at speeds of up to 37 kilometres and hour, giving them the nickname “greyhound of the sea”.

These action photographs of whales introduce many of the species encountered in Canada’s Pacific and Atlantic oceans.


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