Juneau: The best place to go whale sightseeing

Whale watch tours in Alaska are awesome. The whale is arguably the biggest sea mammal that has a streamlined body with no hair, a horizontally placed tail fin and an adaptive nostril located at the top of the head where it moves closer to the water surface for breathing. Sightseeing is more of a tourism definition that is used to describe the act of travelling to places of interest in specified destinations. Tours are specific qualified companies that are allowed to take visitors into the ocean to safely view whales.  If you want to get on a whale watch excursion tour in Juneau, Alaska, you’re in an amazing place. Check out:



There are different species of whales with different locations in the world. It is therefore important to know these species and their locations so as to know which tours in what countries to contact for the sightseeing adventure:

Right whales.

They got these name from their earliest explorers because for some reason they were the ‘right’ ones to kill. They do have massive amounts of oil in their body, a huge whalebone and large heads making them less streamlined than the other species thus slow in water and easy to be killed. They are mostly found in the North of the Atlantic.

Blue whales.

These are the biggest species of whales in the world with their hearts being the size of a small car and able to pump tens of tones of blood in the body of the whale and weigh up to hundreds of tones. They are located in the southern hemisphere in the coasts of Namibia and Chile.

Sei whales.

Pronounced ‘say’. They are the most difficult to catch because they do not exist in ‘schools’ and rarely come to the shore at any time of the year. They can be located at the northern and southern hemispheres at different times of the year when they are out to breastfeed. They are found in the coasts of Iceland, Greenland and Labrador.

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Humpback whales.

They get the name from their habit of diving (changing the back forms) close to the shores in large numbers and hence attracting attentions to themselves. They are slow in the water therefore encouraging tourists to come close and the males of the species are known for singing during mating seasons. They feed in the polar areas (Iceland and Falkland Islands, UK) and breed in the warm tropics (Mexico and Columbia).

Minke whales.

They are arguably the smallest species of whales in terms of weight and length thus making their numbers large because the bigger species are the ones being hunted. However, they are hunted in countries like Japan for reasons related to science and also meals in expensive restaurants. They are found in countries in the North Pacific (Costa Rica) and Atlantic (Iceland).

Fin whales.

Since the fins are used in swimming, it is logical for them to be the fastest whale species in water and also the second largest after the blue whale. They are found in large numbers in Norway and Iceland.

Sperm whale.

They are the deepest divers and the name comes from a large spermaceti organ that is located at the front of the head. Males are found in Antarctic waters and they live in larger extended families. They are mostly found in the shores of England and other European countries.

Killer whales (Orcas).

They are toothed whales that are placed at the top most position in their food chain with carnivorous habits. They feed on fish, penguins, seals and even other whales. They are found in Canada, Russia and also the United States.

Most of the whale watching tours are located in Iceland because it has a large number of different species of the whales. It is important to determine the specific species of whale one is interested in so as to find out the tours that are available in the particular destinations. The different tours have different charges and this is an important aspect to look at when selecting the preferred one.