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!

Check out this whale action from April 1, 2018:

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Cold Water Jelly Fish


This jelly was seen digesting a dock near Grand Marais MN.

– David

Nina Notes: Way to capture the beast in action, David!

Hate to be rude but…

I’m pretty sure there’s no such thing as whales or narwhals in the Great Lakes…. Cuz it’s freshwater…
Isn’t everyone just trolling?

– Kate

Nina Notes: "Just my imagination, running away with me." Norman Whitfield & Barrett Strong

so beautiful!

The whales and narwhals swimming across the lake toward shore is an amazing sight to see!

– Tom


I’m a believer

– Bob

Excellent Viewing 1st Week of September!

The fall freshwater whale migration patterns are expected to change and move much closer shore due to this lunar phenomena .Viewing is expected to be exceptional the first week of September.

Greg M


While I was disappointed that I didn’t see any humpback whales, I did spot a fine looking Narwhal. Wouldn’t have believed it unless I saw it with my own two eyes.

– Sam

Whales !

We were walking down the rock beach in Little Marais and it was evening and we saw a whale breach the water but didn’t have our phones on us to take a picture ! It was beautiful ! And then we saw a baby it was so cool !

– Matt

A pod playing in a laker’s wake.

We brought our whale pointing lab Pauly with us this spring. He spotted a pod playing in the wake of a laker at the Silver Cliff Tunnel wayside. Of course with our luck and the fog and haze they didn’t show up in the picture.

Jeff , Sue and Pauly the whale spotting lab.

La Crosse, WI

1970s Sighting

“Reminiscing about past Mother’s Day and found this photo from a drive we took up the shore Mother’s Day 1972. Going to have come back up and look for whales.”



Nina Notes: Wow!

Whale Tagging on Minnesota’s North Shore of Lake Superior

At the prime State Park on the North Shore to view fresh water whales; partaking in the State of Minnesota’s whale stocking program in Lake Superior.

– Richard B & Gary H

Nina Notes: Outstanding in every way!

This is Complete BS :: Of Validity and Narwhals

This sight is completely fake, whales cannot live in fresh water conditions. also, if you can’t see the photo shop in this than you are probably blind. There is no such thing as narwhals, they are a pokimon. anyone who gives money to this person is many the stupidest person alive. Last thing, the picture on the from of the web page is a pice of drift wood.
Dominic D

Nina suggests the following Narwhal links
World Wildlife Federation
National Geographic 


Nina Notes: might want to read the two articles on the right

Duluth Harbor

“I love getting up early with my boys to catch the narwhal migration along the shore.”

Dean B


Nina Notes: outstanding!

Narwhal Migration

north shore narwhal\

I love getting up early with my boys to catch the narwhal migration along the shore.”

Dean B

Nina Notes: excellent!

2 Cents Worth

“this sight is faker than a 3 dollar bill dont trust it!”

Austin E, Wayne, IN

Nina Notes: might want to read the articles on the right

Still Looking

“Nina- I kept a close eye on the harbor and canal this year. Still no whales.
( I really thought the shirt would help too! )”

Jeff & Sue LaCrosse, WI


Nina Notes: With the cool water temps in Lake Superior this summer, it's been an odd season.