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Ethical Whale Watching

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How to Watch Responsibly

How you watch whales Matters!  The organizations below have taken strides to protect both whales and the environment! Always choose a responsible whale guide and report any violations immediately!

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Pacific West Coast

The Whale Trail reduces our carbon footprint by identifying places that whales can be seen by land! There are currently over 100 sites between California and British Columbia!


San Juan Island, Washington

Reduce noise and pollution with a peaceful kayak tour in the beautiful San Juan Islands of Washington State. This is one of the best places in the world to view killer whales.


Gloucester, Massachusetts

Certified by the World Cetacean Alliance as a Responsible Whale Watching Operator. Guaranteed sightings of whales on trips to Stellwagen Bank- one of the "Top 5 whale Watching Destinations in the World."

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Plymouth, MA

Captain John's is a personal favorite. As a Whale Sense participant, they adhere to responsible whale watching guidelines. Experienced naturalists are always on hand to educate on whales and conservation.

Twisted Orca does not have an affiliation with any of the companies listed. We do our best to display accurate information.  If you know of a responsible whale watching organization that should be listed, please let us know.

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