What to Expect On a Whale Watching Cruise

Whale watching cruises have become some of the most popular trips to take along the Atlantic coastline in North America. As for what you can expect on a whale watching cruise, there is quite a lot you can prepare for.

Expect to see the humpback whale, as well as several other examples of marine wildlife. Megaptera novaeangliae, the humpback whale, gets its nickname “large-wing New Englander” because of their enormous pectoral fins, the largest of any great whale species.

During the summer season, Atlantic humpback whales come to the New England coast all the way up to the Newfoundland shores to feed in the cold, krill-rich waters. The Atlantic humpbacks winter in the warm waters of The Caribbean, where they have their calves and breed.

Expect changing weather conditions during whale watching cruises, and dress appropriately. You may encounter rain, sun, winds or any other combination of rugged and inclement weather. Bring an extra layer of clothing, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen, a set of binoculars, and of course, a good camera with plenty of available memory cards. Depending on the season, you may also want to bring rain gear.

If you have a smart phone, you may want to download weather or visit CaptBillAndSons.mobi, to help you on your excursion. Aboard Capt. Bill & Sons cruise the Atlantic, and have access to a naturalist, who can provide you with insight on the New England coastline, the marine life you will see, the climate, the ocean, or other questions you might have.

Capt. Bill & Sons, out of the Cape Ann area, offers full whale watching cruises designed to get you into the wild presence of the beautiful animals while providing the support of a professional who knows the environment on your cruise. A naturalist skilled in whale and New England coastal ecology is on the vessel, answering any questions you or your shipmates may have. This provides a rich understanding of the beauty and complexity of whale society and groups, known as pods. If you have never been out for whale watching cruises, or are a seasoned vet of the trips, Capt. Bill & Sons gets you into the heart of New England humpback whale territory.

In addition to the humpbacks, you may see pilot, fin, and seals during your whale watching tour. As you leave the harbor, keep a keen eye out for grey and harbor seals swimming stealthily through the water. Sea birds, such as Atlantic puffin, murres, murrlettes and guillemottes round out the tour, giving birders a taste of the rich variety of sea birds along the North Atlantic coast.

Enjoy your time on our boat, the Miss Cape Ann, and be prepared for some whale and sea bird viewing. It is truly an experience you will never forget.

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