Sure signs of Spring!

April 7th, 2014

Well, Spring is finally here! Key signs of Spring around Cape Ann: the Red Sox are playing, the Bruins are on a role, Easter is in a couple of weeks, Capt. Carlos restaurant is opening Thursday, and the Miss Cape Ann preparing to go back into the water.  We are all getting very excited about the upcoming whale watch season!  It’s time to start planning your summer vacation and of course no summer trip would be complete without a tour aboard Gloucester’s best whale watch, Capt. Bill & Sons!  If you need some planning tips for your vacation, don’t hesitate to contact us.  We will be happy to tell you about the hot spots in Gloucester and Cape Ann and give you a recommendation for a hotel or restaurant! We look forward to hearing from you!

The Miss Cape Ann Is currently at the marina being prepped for the summer season. You can see in one of the pics she is in tight quarters, and you may even recognize her neighbor!

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The current view from the Miss Cape Ann

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Her neighbor F/v Lily, featured on Wicked Tuna this season with Capt. Billy Muniz!

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View looking up

Saving the Whales! Japanese whaling has been stopped!

April 1st, 2014

Years and years of conservation efforts and research from all around the world to stop whaling in Japan have finally paid off.  Yesterday the UN Court ordered that the hunt for whales for “scientific purposes” is to stop immediately, after finding there was little to no “science” involved at all.  This incident is one of the major leaps for whale conservation and whaling since the International Whaling Commission established a global moratorium for commercial harvests in 1986!  Big shout out to some of the biggest and more publicized global efforts to stop whaling coming from Greenpeace, World Wildlife Fund and Sea Shepherd Conservation, and even locally from our very own affiliate the Whale Center of New England &  Mason Weinrich! It’s events like this that show how hard work really does pay off.  It was a good day here at Capt. Bill’s Whale watch. :)

For more info you can check out the article here

Until next season..& BEST WHALE WATCH GIVEAWAY

October 31st, 2013

Just as our humpbacks starting congregating and passing through the area, we arrived at the end of our whale watching season.  We did try to make it until the 26 + 27th of October but unfortunately did not end up getting out on the water for what would have been our last weekend.  We did have a successful season though! Capt. Bill’s would like to thank our faithful customers (you know who you are) and our customers, new & old, for choosing to come out with us this Summer.  We hope to see all of you and your cameras next summer for hopefully an even BETTER season!

As for the Fall and Winter, we will be keeping busy and hopefully looking into opening the Whale Center exhibit if we can gather enough volunteers to do so.  If you would like to volunteer, please email us with WCNE Volunteer in the subject line.

We would like to end the season with another WHALE WATCH GIVEAWAY! Post the Best Whale Watch picture you’ve taken to our Facebook wall https://www.facebook.com/captbillswhalewatch. Whoever posts the Best Whale Watch picture wins a FREE whale watch ticket good for next season. Thanks for a great season everyone!

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Best trip of the season!

September 20th, 2013

Just when we thought the whale watching was winding down a little bit, Jeffrey’s Ledge came alive and sure proved us wrong!  Yesterday was hands down one of the best trips we have had (so far) this season, ending in total with a 7 SPECIES DAY!

We started the trip with 2 different pods of white sided dolphins, which are always a fun addition to any whale watch.  After that we got a few glimpses of some harbor porpoises, a special treat that we usually don’t see. We then came across a large pod of Pilot whales! Pilot whales are rarely seen on our trips and always a special sighting when we come across them.  They are mostly dark grey-black in color and one of the largest members of the dolphin family, largest being the killer whale. We traveled on to find a trio of humpbacks, two of which were identified as Valley & her calf, the other being an unknown humpback.  Other sightings included another humpback traveling by herself, identified as Patches, 3 fin whales, 1 minke whale, and a grey seal!  A spectacular trip in all, as you can tell in the pictures below.

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Valley & Unknown humpback diving

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If you have pictures you would like to share with us from your whale watch, send them in! We would love to put them on the blog, accompanied by a shout out to you of course. Just send them to info@captbillandsons.com, we would love to see them!

8/21 AM whale watch

August 29th, 2013

As we head towards the end of the season, sightings have still been very good!  The different types of species we have been seeing lately are Humpback whales, Fin whales, Minke whales, Mola-Mola (ocean sunfish), Blue sharks, seals and white sided dolphins!  Identified humpbacks we have been seeing lately are Nile, Scylla, Pinball, Conflux, Doric, and Mogul.

We would like to thank Brooke and Keith for sending us pictures of the humpback Pinball playing around the Miss Cape Ann on our AM whale watch on 8/21.  Great shots of her long pectoral flippers!

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Humpback humor

August 27th, 2013

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Rainbow over the Miss Cape Ann

August 6th, 2013

Beautiful end to a great day of whale watching on August 4th! :) rainbow_MCA

Cape Ann Happenings

July 30th, 2013

While your visiting town for your for your Gloucester whale watch this summer, there are lots of fun events going on that we highly recommend!

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Coming up this weekend, August 3rd,  is the Festival by the Sea! Celebrate the magic of summer time on Cape Ann by indulging in all of the locally grown products and talent that the area has to offer. Extending from Manchester Town Hall to Masconomo Park, Festival by the Sea will feature live music on 2 stages throughout the day, artists, crafters, and designers showcasing their handmade and locally grown products. Some of their featured artists include Chelsey Berry, Allen Estes, the Dejas, Marina Evans, and the feature Chris Trapper! See their facebook page for more info.

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Also, August 1st, 2nd & 3rd marks the 55th Annual Sidewalk Bazaar. Sidewalk Bazaar is a celebration of Gloucester Downtown.  Artists, Crafters, Food vendors, Non-Profits, Kids Activities & Entertainers from near and far join Gloucester Merchants and Restaurants on the street for a fun and profitable three days.  It is a Gloucester tradition that shouldn’t be missed!

Had a great whale watch? Let us know!

July 29th, 2013

One question we get asked a lot is “Do you guys every get sick of seeing the whales?”. And the answer is, no. Never.  As far as whale watching goes, every single trip is different, every day is different, every season is different. We go out there every day not knowing what fascinating marine animal we are going to see next, and can’t wait! This is why we love hearing about your whale watching experience: what you enjoyed and your favorite part of your trip. Here’s what some of our customers are saying from last weekend. Take a look!

7/27 pm trip: (Humpbacks Nile and Pinball put on a great show for our customers this trip)

“Worth every penney!” -Pam H

“Best skipper, good ride, entertaining naturalist. Well done!” Walt D.

“Perfect narration and pleasant people running trip. Very helpful.” Eugene H.

“First time whale watching- more than I expected. Greatest ever. Very educational at the same time.” Melissa M.

And also a recent great review on trip advisor:

“This family knows how to run a business…”
5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2013 NEW

Visited July 27th, 2013…
This is a great family owned operation…Started with the night before calling to reserve a spot…the lady we spoke with did so much more than write down out name…she gave us info about the free parking they provide, wearing a sweat shirt, directions and places to eat…The whale watch boat was comfy, some shaded seats (but don’t be last on board), not crowded…and it was sold out…The naturalist on board kept you informed all through the trip about the whales and how they live, eat and have their young…our 11 year old granddaughter was engulfed…we were too…
we have done whale watches before on cape cod but this was better, worth repeating…we saw minke whales and humpbacks….thanks Nile and Pinball (humpback whales) for showing us your spectacular beauty…
Nice job Capt Bill and sons (and daughters :) hope to see you again…

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So thank you everyone. And keep the reviews coming! :)

Awesome Gloucester Whale Watch

July 18th, 2013

Monday’s Gloucester Whale Watch was fantastic!

We saw Nile, an adult female humpback whale, putting on the best whale watch show! It is almost as if she knew
we were there to watch her and Nile certainly did not disappoint! Our regular whale watchers, summer vacation guests, and day trippers from Boston and New England were treated to humpback whale gymnastics! We were all awed as we watched Nile tail lobbing, open mouth feeding, flipper flap, and the ultimate whale watch activity BREACH! These are some of the best humpback whale behaviors that whale watchers and researchers love to see! Our naturalist was so excited and the weather was beautiful! The perfect way to cool off during the summer heat! This was truly an amazing day on the water.

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