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    5 great places to see whales

    SAN JUAN ISLANDS VISITORS BUREAU

    1

    AZORES,

    PORTUGAL

    More than 20 types of whales frequent the waters surrounding these nine islands in the Atlantic Ocean, making it one of the world’s largest whale sanctuaries.

    www.visitazores.com

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    SAN JUAN ISLANDS,

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    WASHINGTON

    From mid-April to early October, killer whales (orcas; one is pictured above) feed and play in the Lime Kiln Whale Watch Park on the west edge of the islands.

    www.visitsanjuans.com

    3

    NUNAVUT,

    CANADA

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    Some 1,000 bowhead whales, measuring up to 66 feet and weighing up to 136 tons, live year-round in the waters of this northernmost territory.

    www.nunavuttourism.com

    4

    HERMANUS,

    SOUTH AFRICA

    Considered one of the best land-based whale-watching destinations in the world; southern right whales arrive in June to mate, give birth, and raise their young.

    www.hermanustourism.info

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    BAJA CALIFORNIA,

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    MEXICO

    January through March,

    Hundreds of California gray whales migrate to the warm, protected waters of Magdalena Bay to mate and give birth.

    www.discoverbajacalifornia.com

    DIANE BAIR AND PAMELA WRIGHT