Whale-Watching on the Pacific Coast

Whale-Watching on the Pacific Coast


Easily Identify Whales, Dolphins, and Other Marine Mammals

Identify marine mammals on your whale-watching trips and beach outings in California, Oregon, and Washington.

Seeing a whale is an experience unlike any other. You wait, you hope, and when a beautiful creature breaks the ocean surface, the moment is as thrilling as it is unforgettable. Whether you’re a tourist on vacation or a local resident on a day trip, keep this booklet close at hand. Written by environmental educator and Emmy Award-winning documentary film producer Stan Minasian, it features more than 20 species of whales, dolphins, and porpoises—as well as other marine wildlife. When you spot an animal in the Pacific Ocean, check this guide to identify it and learn more about it!

The handy booklet is applicable to the coastal waters of California, Oregon, and Washington. It provides a brief introduction to cetaceans (marine mammals) and outlines what to expect when watching whales from land or while on a cruise. The guide also presents the best land-based locations for whale watching, organized by state. The pocket-size format is much easier to use than laminated foldouts, and the tear-resistant pages help to make the spiral-bound book durable in the field. As an added bonus, the guide includes important information about cetacean conservation and the legacy of whale watching.

Book Features:

  • Pocket-size format—easier than laminated foldouts
  • Professional illustrations and photographs for quick identification
  • Whale-watching locations organized by state
  • Easy-to-use information for even casual observers
  • Whale-watching “do” and “don’t” tips from an expert

Additional information


Stan Minasian


Spiral Bound

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Adventure Quick Guides


Adventure Publications

Publication Date

May 7, 2024


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