I was playing and swimming around the mountain (red circled area in the below image) I heard a "whoosh" sound, so I made Geralt turn around. I swear I saw the tail of a whale, which leads me to believe that they exist in the game. Where I can find them? I have marked the area where I saw the whale in the image below.

whale sighting

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Yes, there are whales. They seem to mostly be around Skellige, as mentioned in threads like this one:

TIL there are whales in the ocean near Skellige

However, according to posts like this one, these whales are mainly surface elements and very quickly despawn once they dive underwater, so you're not likely to see a whole whale -- just the tail.

the whales are only surfice elements...u jump in and theres nothing there

All of this is backed up in this article as well:

Another incredible and rare event that may awaken a fear of the sea in you is an encounter with a huge blue whale off the coast off Skellige. [...] The animations for the whales are a bit half-baked compared to the rest of The Witcher 3. Sometimes you just see a frozen fin sticking out of the water, which then submerges when you get close to it. Other times you see the whale undulate across the water, but then disappear immediately when you dive under the surface. But, if you get lucky, then you can witness the whole breathtaking process, with the whale emerging, submerging again, then swimming for a bit underwater and emitting a valedictory call before clipping suddenly into nothingness.

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    I can confirm the last part of the final quote. Off the coast of Kaer Trolde, finishing up treasure points in the water, one swam by while I was collecting from a barrel. Full animation above and below water, did not disappear. The animation on it was maybe a bit choppier than normal objects, but not too bad. I followed it for a while, but they are faster than you expect... While swimming, you can barely keep up with it.
    – king14nyr
    Mar 22, 2017 at 12:26
  • I would like to add my support for king14nyr's comment. I too saw a complete whale while swimming just outside Kaer Trolde's harbor.
    – tjd
    Mar 22, 2017 at 13:11

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