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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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.

Lake Superior Bay Ontario

“Caught a glimpse of this one in an Ontario bay last fall”

Max S, Houghton, MI


Nina Notes: what a beauty!

We Saw Them!

“A colleague took this shot on the Manitou Island ferry this weekend, heading back from North Manitou. My adviser thinks it was a female Megaptera boreas!”

Laura Fischer
Forestry Wildlife and Fisheries
Michigan State University


Nina Notes: Megaptera boreas aka Humpback whale

Andy Saw Them!

“Andy found a whale today in MN when we were paddle-boarding so I thought I would share these fun photos. Enjoy! Andy claims he saw a whale in Lake Owwaso today. I would call him an official Fresh Water Whale Watcher.”

Chrissy, Minneapolis MN


Nina Notes: This Fresh Water Whale Watcher sighted one in his fabulous new t-shirt!

Eastern edge of Lake Superior

“It’s too damn cold. I bet the whales are all stacked by the Soo trying to stay warm. Water temps are still 38-42.”

Dale H


Nina Notes: Dale is referring to the locks at Sault Ste Marie separating Michigan and Ontario

Jun 27, 2014

“Pretty sure this was a whale!”



Nina Notes: pretty sure you're right

Split Rock Lighthouse

“While taking the typical tourist photos at split rock lighthouse wayside, my grandson saw two surface. Of course by the time I got the camera turned and zoomed out onto the lake they were long gone.”

Jeff and Sue, La Crosse, WI, featuring super spotter Dameon


Nina Notes: nice spotting!

Big Bay, NE of Grand Marais

“We thought we saw something in the water, joked it was a whale . . . and then it was! We think it was by itself. It barely broke the surface, but we did get this shot.”

Anderson Clan


Nina Notes: nice!