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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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!

Brighton Beach near Duluth

“I thought you and your viewers of your fantastic website may find this photo interesting. I am guessing since the whales moved into Lake Superior a number of years ago it was only time before the bears followed.”

Best wishes,



Nina Notes: just goes to follow