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10 Best Whale Watching Destinations Around The World (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

First Posted: 04/06/11 10:10 AM ET   Updated: 06/06/11 06:12 AM ET

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's 10 favorite whale-watching adventures around the world.

Text and captions courtesy of, adapted from "Top 10 Whale-Watching Destinations."

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Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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There are such frequent whale sightings in the Atlantic waters surrounding Cape Cod, that the World Wildlife Fund named Massachusetts one of the top 10 whale-watching spots in the world. The "wow factor" here is huge, as minke, finback, and humpback whales regularly glide through the waters, and glimpses of them spouting and breaching are practically guaranteed. Indeed, many local whale-watching companies declare a 99-percent whale-spotting success rate during the peak viewing months of April to October. Some of the best whale-watching adventures leave from Provincetown on Cape Cod, like Dolphin Fleet. 
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