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Motoring out to sea on a hunt for whales with camera and binoculars is a favorite New England summer sport.

 

 

Whale watching cruises usually last between 4 and 5 hours, and thus take up a full morning or afternoon.

Most New England port towns have companies offering whale watching cruises.

Whale Watch Tips

Bring warm clothing, even on a warm day, because the maritime breezes out on the water will make the ambient temperature at least 10 degrees cooler than on land, and the wind-chill factor might make it feel even colder.

Remember your sunglasses to ward off the glare from the water; and sunscreen, because that same glare, combined with the bright sun, can really give you a burn.

Wear rubber-soled shoes if you have them.

You can buy soft drinks and snacks on board most whale watch boats.

What You'll See

Once out on the water, keep your eyes peeled for humpback whales, 30-ton creatures usually about 50 feet long which seem to love their briny habitat, breeching and playing for hours, accompanying themselves with their own curious songs.

A cousin of the humpback is the finback, about twice as heavy and up to 80 feet long, making it second in size to the great blue whale. Long and slender, it's a super-fast swimmer, propelling its great bulk through the deep at speeds of 20 knots or even more.

The minke whale (MINK-kee) is "small," weighing only 11 tons, and growing to 30 feet in length. Minke whales have a well-developed sense of curiosity, and may snoop around your boat just to see what's up.

You may also see right whales, dolphins, pilot whales, seals, sharks, and seabirds such as petrels, shearwaters, gannets, and gulls.


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Whalewatchers, New England

Heading out of Gloucester MA
on a whale watching cruise.

   
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