Ahab pursued one. Jonah was swallowed by one. Nowadays, millions of people hop on a boat or gather on shore just to see one. Indeed, whales, those mammoth sea creatures that roam the ocean deep from the tip of South Africa to the edges of the Arctic, continue to capture our imagination and fill us with awe.
Here are ShermansTravel.com's 10 favorite whale-watching adventures around the world.
Text and captions courtesy of ShermanTravel.com, adapted from "Top 10 Whale-Watching Destinations."