Marine mammals—especially whales—are really popular with the American public. A growing interest in firsthand observation of whales brings many hopeful whale watchers to the coast. Whale watching is something you definitely get better at with practice, but it takes some patience. Once you have seen what you are looking for, additional sightings are much easier, and you will start to see more details of whale behavior. Even without scientific training, you can contribute to what science is learning about whales. One way to do this is to build accurate and systematic habits of observing, identifying, recording, and reporting your whale sightings. This fact sheet contains a few tips about whale watching.