The quiet calm of the ocean is broken by an abrupt rush of air. You turn in time to see the dark head of a whale surging from the water. A "puff of smoke" can be seen - a plume of breath rising from its massive head. You watch the huge, broad back of this majestic giant slide beneath the waves, Its tail emerges in full view for just a moment. Then the animal disappears. You wait for an encore performance.
The waters of Newfoundland and Labrador are home to thousands of whales and dolphins. This is one of the best places in the world to enjoy the majesty of these mysterious creatures.
During the course of his career, whale researcher and former fisherman, Wayne Ledwell, has saved the lives of numerous whales and dolphins caught in nets, trapped in ice, or beached on land. He offers this educational guide to the whales and dolphins seen throughout the Newfoundland and Labrador region.
Read about Whale Watching and why Newfoundland and Labrador is one of the best regions in the world to watch whales.
Read about the efforts to save whales from ice entrapments and other strandings.
The guide contains information on both Baleen Whales and the Toothed Whales.