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.
SAN JUAN ISLANDS,
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.
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.
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.
January through March,
Hundreds of California gray whales migrate to the warm, protected waters of Magdalena Bay to mate and give birth.
DIANE BAIR AND PAMELA WRIGHT