It's not unique to this part of the world. No matter where whales are found, their signature song is a vital part of how they sense and communicate, from Hawaii to New England. Whale watch guests on board the Miss Cape Ann have heard the songs, whistles and clicks of various cetaceans and can report that these sounds captivate the human imagination even as they help whales communicate.

Whale watching in New England includes exposure to whale song, especially that of the humpback, usually found in abundance during Capt. Bill and Sons whale watching tours. New England based Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary attracts many humpbacks, giving area scientists the chance to study their habits, behavior and patterns carefully, especially as the lifespan for these mammals is 40 to 50 years, or perhaps even longer. Familiar humpbacks return to these waters near New England, whale watch boats and scientific research vessels troll the waters, and whale song provides a heartening yet provoking backdrop.

Many seek to understand the song of the humpback. In fact, since 1979, the Whale Center of New England scientists have been researching and publishing on these baleen whales. Much accumulated knowledge has enriched both the worldwide scientific community and local fans, such as guests on our whale watching tours. The New England Center's efforts are also designed to better protect the whales and the habitats upon which they depend.

What do we know about the humpback's song? Much more is known about the sounds made on mating grounds than on such feeding grounds as the Sanctuary, but acoustic monitoring has recently been employed along with behavioral research to fill this gap in understanding, not just here in New England but in many other places, including Australia and Alaska. Meanwhile, whale watching in New England continues to provide our guests with the unique concerts of the humpbacks.

More information: New England Whale Watch

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