‘Whale watching’ is the observation of whales and dolphins in their natural habitat / environment. Here, the emphasis lays on whales and dolphins, as dolphins belong to the biological order of whales (Latin: cetacean, from cetus = whale).
No matter if you watch humpback whales during their mating rituals off Hawaii, pilot whales off the Canary Islands or river dolphins in the Amazon, all this is termed ‘whale watching’. The persons who observe whales are called “whale/dolphin observer” or “whale watcher”.
Whale versus dolphin observation
Development of the whale watching tourism
Merits of whale watching tourism
Effects of whale watching on whales and dolphins
Protected areas for whale watching?
Information for whale watching tourists
Things you as a tour operator or travel agent can do to protect cetaceans
Resources and literature on the topic