Whale Sightings

Each year we report the movements of the whales on Lake Superior. The reports are sightings sent by residents and visitors along the North Shore of Lake Superior. If you spot whale activity, let us know by filling out the form on the right! We accept photos, too!

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Angry Trout

While enjoying our trout lunch one of the wait staff pointed to a large splash! Wow. She told us about www.freshwaterwhales.com

Fascinating!

– Jon

Excellent Sighting In Two Harbors!!!


Look what I saw August 25th!

Nina Notes: Absolutely outstanding!!

Just off Park Point!

Just after our picnic, we went down to Park Point beach to build sand castles and enjoy a rare warm Duluth day! I posed with the kids for a photo and my wife got an amazing shot!

– Jim

Nina Notes: Perfect Summer Day!

Rock of Ages- Orcas feeding

The warm August waters drive Killer Whales to greater depths. We spotted a pack on the Rock of Ages reef. Thanks to Grand Portage Charters for the whale watching tour!

– Clay

Nina Notes: Sounds like a great charter!

Iowans Spot Minnesota Killer Whale

We had a special photo bomber while scaling the rocks of Thomsonite Beach.

– Allie

Nina Notes: Sweet!

Orca in Grand Marais!!

My wife and I spent our 10th Anniversary in the Grand Marais area this past weekend. The sites and town were beautiful! We had heard of whale sightings in the area, so we decided to spend an evening eating pizza and custard on the roof of Sydney’s and spotted this beauty (and were fortunate enough to get a pic)! We were expecting humpbacks or narwhales, but definitely not an orca! What a wonderful surprise!!

– Matt

Nina Notes: Love this shot! And Happy Anniversary!

In Duluth

Next to the Aerial Lift Bridge!

Nina Notes: I've had verbal confirmation, too. The whales are on the move!

Rare Canal Park sighting

Walking along Canal Park one afternoon and this beauty breached the water. Good thing I had my camera out to get a shot of the lighthouse!

– Nisa

Nina Notes: Wow! Nice shot!

January sighting near Lutsen

Upon arriving at our condo in Lutsen I stepped out on the deck with my camera, (D300 Nikon with 600mm telephoto lense) and got incredibly lucky with this shot. Not sure what type of whale it was, and never saw it again although I monitored the lake for hours during our week’s stay.

– Gary

Nina Notes: Great shot, Gary! Looks like the Lake Superior Minke whale.

Grey Whale Migration in Marquette

Caught a group of Grey whales feeding up in the shallows along McCarty’s Cove. Cold day, but a couple Yoopers came out to watch. The Grey Whales should be around a couple more days before continuing their migration up to Copper Harbor.

– Clay

Nina Notes: Thanks for a report from the South SHore!

I’m sure!

There are no whales in the great lakes. Nice try ppl, and for those who believe…..

Nina Notes: Click the 'see articles' button on the right under CONFUSED?

Book Recommendation

  • Henk V
Nina Notes: Thanks! It's on my 'To Read' list

Whales breaching

My family and I were having some frozen custard on the rooftop deck at Sidney’s in Grand Marais when we caught the tail end of a whale breaching in the bay. Probably the same whale Mary saw while snorkeling! There was a crowd there – it was a warm day!

– Cindy

Nina Notes: Fantastic Cindy! The warmer summer and warmer lake temps have increased whale activity in the Grand Marais area.

Snorkeling Happenstance

While snorkeling off Grand Marais’ harbor, this past June 25th, we were startled to come upon a twain of whale romping in the shallows. We were able to snap a quick shot, capturing the blowhole, before the twosome took the plunge.

– Mary

Nina Notes: Outstanding Mary!

I have not seen a whale yet

I hope I will see the migration soon

– Katherine

Nina Notes: We are seeing the whales in the Two Harbors areas now