Whale Coloring Pages: Beloved Briny Beasts

Gray whale using man made hole in ice.

Whale coloring pages celebrate our love affair with our nautical neighbor.

We can't help it.  Whales speak to us.  You know what I mean.

Who doesn't want to watch them in the sea or aquarium?  They're mammals like us.  But they're huge and live in an alien environment!

The smallest whales are longer than twice the height of the average person. And the largest is almost 100 feet long!

They live an uncharted life in the mysterious deep.

What must it be like to be master of the marine world?  To travel the world.  To be privy to the sea's many secrets.

If only they could tell us!  But all we can do is gaze in amazement.

How to Get Your Free Printable Coloring Page

Ready to color?    Left click on a coloring page and drag it to paint3d or similar.  Color then print .   OR...

Click on the black and white drawing. You'll need a pdf reader to open the coloring page.  Look for the printer icon on the right side(top) of the page. Click on the icon.

Don't have a pdf reader?  Get one free by clicking on the Adobe Acrobat link below.

Humpback Whales

Drawing of a humpback whale investigating a diver.
Humpback page colored.

Humpbacks are the whale watchers favorite.  Seems they like to watch back!

They act as curious about us as we are about them.  Plus they do amazing things like hurling their bodies into the air! An incredible feat for a creature that weighs over 70,000 pounds.

If you'd like to go whale watching in the summer (I would!) try the coast of...

  • Alaska
  • Washington
  • Oregon
  • California
  • New England
  • Panama
  • Nova Scotia
  • Colombia
  • Newfoundland
  • Antarctica
  • Iceland

Or if you have time off in the winter you can view humpbacks here...

  • Hawaii
  • Puerto Rico
  • France
  • South Africa-Cape Town
  • Australia-Sydney, Brisbane
  • New Zealand

No time to travel?  No need.  To hear some of the humpback whale's calls click on the player below!

Gray Whales

Drawing of a gray whale breaching.
Colored in drawing of a gray whale.

Gray whales grow to about 49 feet in length.  And may live for as long as 70 years!

There's a group that spends the summer off the coast of the western United States.  You may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse if you take a trip there!

But be warned, these creatures were once called Devil Fish!  So don't make any sudden moves or you may find out why.  ;)

Here's a poor guy trapped in the ice.  Thankfully, some humans cut a hole in the ice so he could breathe. 

Looks like they decided to interview the leviathan!  Bet he could tell a whale of a tale!

Gray whale page for coloring.

Right Whale

Drawing of a right whale with calf.
Right  cetacean with baby colored.

The right whale is larger than the humpback and the gray.  It reaches almost 60 feet in length.

Unfortunately, it was an easy target for whale hunters.  They pursued it for it's high oil content.

These days population numbers are thought to be quite low.  Common causes of death are collisions with vessels and fishing equipment.

If you'd like to observe these in person you'll have to venture to...

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • South Africa

Worth the trip, I imagine!

Or you can stay right here on whale coloring pages and color one! Cheaper and quicker.  ;)


Minke coloring page.
Drawing of a minke whale.

The minke whale reaches only 35 feet in length.  Kinda tiny by cetacean standards!

But plentiful.  The ocean seems to be crawling with them.  Well, not exactly but they number more than 500,000.

You can see them off the coast of...

  • Eastern Canada
  • New England
  • Iceland
  • Scotland
  • Ireland

But you can swim with them in Australia!  Contact tour companies in Cairns or Port Douglas.

Sei Whale Coloring Page

Sei whale drawing.
Sei colored in as an example.

Why is this Sei whale swimming on its side?  It's grabbing a rather large bite of lunch. 

These whales like to stay out in deep water.  Plus their travel patterns are a bit of a mystery. So they're not very good candidates for whale watching.

Killer Whales

Line drawing of killer whale with calf for coloring.
Killer whale with calf.

The Orca, everyone recognizes this whale!  The name Shamu or Willy ring a bell?

This mother and calf don't look much like killers.  But they sure put fear into their prey.

And who isn't entertained by their antics?  An easy way to watch one of these gals?  Visit Sea World!  Or similar setting.

Orca sounds

Whales, we still pursue them.  But now it's done for fun!  Fun leads to profit which leads to conservation.  And with a bit of luck, we may just be able to coexist!

Whale Facts: Wikipedia

Whale Sounds: Courtesy of NOAA through Wikimedia

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B. Wineland wrote this article, and used GPT-4, OpenAI’s large-scale language-generation model, as a research assistant to develop source material. The author wrote the final draft in its entirety and takes ultimate responsibility for the content of this publication.

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