Our Favourite Whale Photos of 2022

2022 was another wonderful year for whale watching in Newfoundland and Labrador. From the months of May to September, you can experience the spectacle in ways such as kayaking, boat tours, or viewing from the comfort of a coastal trail. Whether they are feeding, frolicing or breaching, you are bound to have an unforgettable experience while watching these majestic mammals, and we were lucky enough to have many of you share yours with us! Here are some of our favourite picture perfect whale moments from this year.

A Tremendous Day in Trinity Bay

This shot of a humpback whale breach was timed perfectly by Carol Ann Ryan while touring with Sea of Whales Adventures. With having cleared that amount of water, they definitely got their exercise for the day. 

Waving Hello

Technically, this very friendly whale is seen here lobtailing or pectoral slapping, but we’re inclined to think it was their way of greeting their audience. Either way, the crowd that was onboard with Ocean Quest Adventures got quite the performance that day!

All in the Details

Photographer Ray Mackey shared this close-up shot taken in St. Vincent’s with us in 2022, and we were awe-struck. Look at those details!

First Time for Everything

Chris Thériault experienced his first time whale watching this year, and along with the awesome experience in Bonavista, got this beautiful photo.

Bell Island Beauty

This particular minke whale looks like he’s traveling through azure waters in this photo from Nathan Eddy. While this could’ve been many places around the province, this beauty was taken right off the coast of Bell Island!

Follow the Leader

We’re mesmerized by this beautiful video shot by Steve Sheppard, in which a calf swims happily alongside its mom on a lovely calm day.

Top of the Mornin’

The folks over at O’Brien’s Whale & Bird Tours were able to catch this whale frolicing around on a beautiful Monday morning! We can’t think of a better way to jumpstart your week.

When Worlds Collide

When iceberg season and whale watching season overlap, you get the opportunity to capture something as beautiful as this! This photo was taken in the Red Bay area, by our friends at Whaler’s Quest Ocean Adventures.


To see whales for yourself, check out the tour operators and special offers available here. Be sure to share your adventures with us on Instagram @newfoundlandlabrador and use #ExploreNL.

Header image credit: Ron Macdonald (@ronpon22)

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