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A Humpback whale breaches in mid-air off of the coast of Maine.

A Humpback whale breaches in mid-air off of the coast of Maine.

Whale watching of the Maine coast.

Whale watching of the Maine coast.

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Whale Watching

Whale watching in Maine is more than a spectator sport; it’s a connection with nature. The world’s largest living creatures can be found feeding and frolicking just 20 miles off the Maine coast. The best time for Maine whale watching begins in mid to late May when hungry whales arrive to feast in local waters rich in sand eels, copepods, plankton, and fish. In October, they’ll head south toward warmer seas.

Until then, thousands of visitors will have the chance to spot the plentiful species of whales found in Maine’s ocean waters as they breach the surface, spout water, and nurse their young. Familiar sights include humpback whales, pilot whales, minke whales, and the massive finback whale, which can grow up to 80 feet in length. Sei and right whales are a couple of the state’s occasional visitors.

Whale Watching Cruises

While there are a number of good vantage points on shore where spectators armed with a good set of binoculars can sight whales, Maine whale watching cruises will put you right where the action is. There’s also a chance of seeing seals, dolphins, and other marine life along the way. These family-friendly and educational cruises are available up and down the Maine Coast, from Kennebunk to Portland and along the MidCoast region and in Downeast Maine.

Maine Whale Watching Companies:

Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co.

Cap’n Fish’s Cruises

Downeast Charter Boat Tours

Eastport Windjammers

First Chance Whale Watch

Odyssey Whale Watch

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