WHS where Whales exist in the wild.

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ArchipiƩlago de Revillagigedo Up to 2,000 Humpback Whales also migrate through (OUV)
Brazilian Atlantic Islands "pilot whales, minke whales and humpback whales have also been recorded in the nominated area." (AB ev)
French Austral Lands and Seas Killer whales, sperm whales
Galapagos Islands "Several species of Baleen whales occur (fin, mink, humpback) as well as toothed whales (pilot, killer) and sperm whales are regularly encountered." (IUCN Ev)
Glacier parks humpback whale, grey whale, minke whale and killer whale
Gough and Inaccessible Islands Whales live in the surrounding waters (wiki)
Great Barrier Reef At least 30 species of whales and dolphins occur here, and it is a significant area for humpback whale calving. (OUV)
Gulf of California 11 species of whales (AB ev)
Henderson Island humpback whale
Ilulissat Icefjord fin and minke whales Balaenoptera physalis (EN) and B. acutorostrata occur in summer at the fjord mouth with very occasional blue and bowhead whales B. musculus (EN) and Balaena mysticetus (EN). (UNEP-WCMC)
Komodo National Park blue whale and sperm whale "are occasionally observed"
Lagoons of New Caledonia "Between July and September, during the southern hemisphere winter, New Caledonia is home to humpback whales "
Malpelo Whales include migratory humpback Megaptera novaeangliae and occasional blue Balaenoptera musculus (EN), fin Balaenoptera physalus (EN), sperm Physeter macrocephalus (VU), Bryde's Baleanoptera edeni, killer Orcinus orca, false killer Pseudorca crassidens, pygmy killer Feresa attenuata, Cuvier's beaked Ziphius cavirostris, beaked Mesoplodon sp., shortfin pilot Globicephala macrorhynchus and melonheaded Peponocephala electra whales. (UNEP WCMC)
Mistaken Point Minke and humpback whales can be seen outside the coast of Mistaken point.
Ningaloo Coast humpback whales
Ogasawara Islands Breeding grounds of humpback whales and sperm whales, also sightings of sei whale, blue whale and north pacific right whale
Olympic National Park Grey Whale
Peninsula Valdes Southern Right Whale and Orca (the peak season for orcas is only 10 or 15 days during the sea lion pup season (Feb/Mar) and elephant seal pup season (Sep/Oct)).
Phoenix Islands Bryde's whale (Balaenoptera edeni), sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus), dwarf sperm whale (Kogia simus), pygmy sperm whale (Kogia breviceps), short-finned pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus), killer whale (Orcinus orca), false killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens), pygmy killer whale (Feresa attenuate), melon-headed whale (Peponocephala electra) (UNEP-WCMC)
Rainforests of the Atsinanana humpback and southern right whales at Masoala (UNEP-WCMC)
Red Bay Basque Whaling Station Humpback, fin, and minke whales can rarely be seen. Right and bowhead whales are no longer found here anymore due to whaling exploitation.
Shark Bay humpback whales
Socotra Archipelago "various species of baleen and toothed whales" (nom file)
St. Kilda minke and killer whales
Surtsey Minke Whales and Orcas (due to the seal population)
Tubbataha Reefs "Whales, dolphins, sharks, turtles and Napoleon wrasse are amongst the key species found here." (AB ev) , sperm whale (nom file)
Wadi Al-Hitan Fossil whale skeletons
West Norwegian Fjords five species of whales represent the marine mammals (nom file)
Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino "the most important breeding grounds of the Eastern subpopulation of the North Pacific Grey Whale" (OUV)
Wrangel Island Feeding ground for the Gray whale
iSimangaliso Wetland Park Winter migrations of humpback whale and southern right whale


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