While there are whales on cape cod year round, the main cape cod whale watching season is april through october, with the peak of the season during the summer months. Whale watching package bayside resort hotel, west yarmouth, ma. Its a goodsized vessel measuring in at feet in total length, with comfy interior cabins, a wellstocked galley, and outdoor decks for upclose viewing. Whale watching in boston was not available when we got there, so we kept going to cape cod. Candy bars to fresh hot pretzels and cape cod potato chips to ice cream sandwiches, weve got it. We saw at least twelve humpback whales including two mother and calf pairs, four minke whales, and two grey seals off stellwagen bank, a marine sanctuary that is two miles off the coast of cape cod, ma. Whale watching in cape cod the winter dolphin chronicles. Whale watcher is a stateoftheart, highspeed, waterjet driven ship thats designed and built especially for whale watching. Hyannis whale watcher cape cods finest whale watching. Marine animal survey teams have spotted a motherandcalf north atlantic right whale pair in cape cod bay, the first of the season. How to have the best time whale watching on cape cod, ma. Hyannis whale watcher cruises is the mid capes only whale watch.
Whale tours from chatham cape cod charter fishing, charter. A few weeks ago, i went whale watching with my dad off glouchester, ma and it was such a great day for the both of us. Cape cod whale watching seasons, cruises, what to bring and. On 24 april, sean williams and i had 7 species of cetacean from race point beach, highlighted by 810 northern right whales, the closest of which was less than 100 feet off the beach. It is the closest port to the stellwagen bank national marine sanctuary, a protected marine habitat located near the tip of the cape.
Seasons first north atlantic right whale calves arrive in. The hyannis whale watcher sails out of barnstable harbor, just minutes from the bayside resort, every day and sails across beautiful cape cod bay to the whale feeding grounds in the stellwagen bank national marine sanctuary. Overnight packages for your vacation on cape cod there is certain to be a package listed below that is perfectly suited to your dreams of a cape cod escape. Our jetpowered, state of the art vessel carries you to stellwagen bank national marine sanctuary, the seasonal home to humpback, finback, minke whales and several dolphin. Why do right whales keep dying off cape cod and canada. The local whale watching season lasts between midapril and late october, providing you with the most ideal weather for observing the largest mammals on earth. The endangered whales increasingly are frequenting the bay, enticed by the fine. Right whales were seen high skim feeding at the waters surface. When to go whale watching on cape cod whale watching season. Right whale mothers and calves spotted in cape cod.
First right whale calves of the season have arrived in. Cape cod humpback whale rescued barnstable, ma patch. Whale watching in provincetown, ma should be on top of your vacation todo list. You can order a professional video of your tour from in the wild productions. All excursions leave from macmillan pier, provincetown, massachusetts, at the tip of cape cod.
Whether you are staying in town or planning a short trip to provincetown, a whale watch will be worth your while. Giant shark encounter, barnstable harbor, cape cod, 2017 duration. Psb interactive north atlantic right whale sightings map. The best time for whale watching in massachusetts is from april to october, though whales dwell in bay state waters as early as midmarch and as late as early november. In this april 10, 2008 file photo, a north atlantic right whale dives in cape cod bay near provincetown, mass. Every year from march through december, these majestic creatures call the waters off cape cod, nantucket and marthas vineyard home. Boat charters for shark tours, fishing trips, ocean tours, whale watching, and sunset cruises in chatham, cape cod. Whale watching cruises leave daily from provincetown and barnstable harbors on the cape and from plymouth harbor just off cape. First right whale calf of season spotted in cape cod bay news. Hyannis whale watcher cruises barnstable, cape cod. Its a long and perilous journey from the right whale calving grounds off florida and georgia to cape cod bay, so its always a relief to see the mothers and their offspring arrive unscathed, said dr. Souza, a wellknown marine environmentalist with more than 18 years of experience in fishing and piloting whale watch boats, has received prestigious environmental awards for excellence. Hyannis whale watch onto cape cod bay is a favorite.
The nice thing about the cape is that you can quickly go from the atlantic ocean, with its rougher surf, to the calm cape cod bay and it is nice to experience both. I was wondering how much of a risk is it to pay and take the time to do a whale. Cape cod exploring whale watching south africa north. The local whale watching season lasts between midapril and late october, providing you with the most ideal weather for observing the largest mammals on. The male calf spotted by the ccs team is the offspring of a whale named pediddle, a whale at least 39 years old that was first identified in 1978 and first seen in cape cod bay in 1979. Provincetown is the best place for your whale watching adventure. The cape cod national seashore is truly a national treasure. Endangered baby whales arrive in cape cod bay for spring. You get to see fins, humpbacks and seals as well as the stunning skyline of lands end. Cape cod whale watching is one of the most sought after experiences for cape cod visitors and residents. The last time we cruised that route, we saw a mother and baby whale feeding in cape cod bay just a. Whether it is a romantic getaway, a foodie adventure or a girlfriends weekend, carriage house inn strives to make it a special event you will cherish.
Whale watching on cape cod brewster by the sea inn. Top 10 things parents should know about whale watching off. Once found in cape cod bay in huge numbers, there are fewer than 350 north atlantic right whales remaining in the world today. Nov 15, 2016 whale watching cruises leave daily from provincetown and barnstable harbors on the cape and from plymouth harbor just off cape. North atlantic right whales are feeding and exploring in cape cod bay. Cape cod whale watching seasons, cruises, what to bring. Alpha whale watch provides a unique whale watching experience for those who truly want the best. Earlier this summer, a whale who is over 25feetlong and goes by old thom, was spotted off cape cod. Im interested in doing a whale watching trip with our family, but am afraid we wont see any whales. Most watch whales from boats, but in the spring, you can visit the cape and watch whales from shore. Cape cod the cape as its universally called is among new englands favorite summer vacation destinations and it thrives on tourism. The peak season for right whales in cape cod bay is here. First right whale calf of season sighted in cape cod bay news.
In an alarming trend for one of the most endangered large whales in the world, a north atlantic right whale carcass was found monday on nashawena island, south of cape cod, according to a. Vacationers come in dribs and drabs in the offseason, and in hordes in the warmer months to lose themselves amongst endless miles of windswept seashore. The humpback whale is the most common species found in these waters. Reducing ship strikes to north atlantic right whales noaa fisheries. Extremely rare whales make big showing in cape cod bay. The whales are feeding on their favorite plankton species, calanus finmarchicus, which appears to be present throughout the area. Includes all waters of cape cod bay with northern boundary of 42. Adults over 21 years of age can choose from a selection of local and imported beers, a tasteful wine menu, and full selection of cocktails from our fully stocked bar. Presence of rare right whales in cape cod bay prompts fishing. One was struck by a vessel shortly after birth and hasnt been.
Of the 10 calves born this season, one was struck by a vessel and suffered likelylethal wounds to. Cape cod whale watch may be the new boat on the docks, but captaincoowner henry souza is no newcomer in the provincetown waters. About dolphin fleet whale watch whale watching originators of east coast whale watching since 1975. Whale watching on cape cod yarmouth restaurant association. Apr 12, 2017 record 112 endangered right whales in cape cod bay marthas vineyard, ma the north atlantic right whale is critically endangered. The last time we cruised that route, we saw a mother and baby whale feeding in cape cod bay just a few miles beyond the entrance to the harbor. Cape cod life is the regions premier lifestyle magazine showcasing the stunning natural beauty and historic charm of cape cod. Cape cod artist specializing in hand carved wooden whale sculptures. Whale watching package for your vacation on cape cod. Interactive north atlantic right whale sightings map. Record 112 endangered right whales in cape cod bay marthas.
Gabriels, a provincetown hotel its whale watching season. Highlight your cape cod vacation with an unforgettable cruise aboard the midcapes only whale watch, sailing midapril through october from picturesque barnstable harbor. Record 112 endangered right whales in cape cod bay marthas vineyard, ma the north atlantic right whale is critically endangered. Cape cod, nantucket and marthas vineyard when to go in cape cod, nantucket and marthas vineyard once strictly a warmweather destination, the cape and islands traditionally open the season with a splash on memorial day weekend and shutter up come labor day. Hyannis whale watcher cruises on scenic cape cod, ma offers worldclass whale watching adventures to visitors of all ages from around the world. An excellent whale show continues at cape cod, visible from shore.
Dolphin fleet whale watch provincetown all you need to. Cape cod is a worldclass destination for whale and seal watching. Cape cod s whale watch season begins in midapril as hundreds of the gentle giants migrate to their summer feeding grounds off the massachusetts coast. Thanks so much for sharing your cape cod whale watch experience with us, aimee. First right whale calf of season spotted in cape cod bay. The best way to watch whales from shore on cape cod. The approximately two month old calf of right whale harmonia playing alongside a channel marker in cape cod bay. Feel the adrenaline rush of cruising the beautiful blue waters off cape cod and seeing whales and dolphins upclose on your own private boat. Oct 28, 2019 thousands of people flock to cape cod each year to go whale watching. This type of whale ranges in size from 40 to 50 feet long and weighs about 79,000 pounds. The cruise from barnstable harbor out to stellwagen bank really is scenic, isnt it. Last friday, the aerial survey team saw 44 right whales in eastern and southern cape cod bay. Whether you are looking for a private, personalized family adventure, a romantic excursion, or just. A young north atlantic right whale was found dead off the coast of barnstable thursday morning, a troubling sign for a species that is near extinction but still congregating in cape cod bay in.
The right whales long baleen plates covered in a thick mat of fine hairs, help this 4550 foot animal to strain tiny plankton from the water for food. Young right whale found dead off coast of barnstable the. Federal regulations prevent whalewatching boats from intentionally approaching within 500 yards, so this is a. Thousands of people flock to cape cod each year to go whale watching.
Killer whale sightings in the area are rare, but not unheard of. The center said only ten right whale calves were known to be born this season. Bluewater entertainment chatham, cape cod, fishing, whale. Hyannis whale watcher cruises barnstable all you need to. The tip of cape cod is located only three miles from the southern end of the stellwagen bank national marine sanctuary, a prime feeding ground for whales. Its whale watching time on cape cod and while our weather may be still a little cold ok lets say a lot cold for this time of year, our whale friends are definitely here and the whale watching tours have opened for the season i was tickled to learn from guests who went on a tour yesterday afternoon that they saw the large humpback whales, some. With only 400 of these animals left in the world, it. First right whale calves of the season have arrived in cape cod bay. Seeing some of the largest animals on the planet perform unpredictable and exciting acts is a thrilling experience. If youre in provincetown there are alternatives, but i love the trip out on this fast jet boat no propellers to hurt cetaceans and dont miss the endless drive to ptown. Monomoy outfitters provides charter fishing, wildlife seal tours, whale watching trips from our dock on pleasant bay in chatham. Whale watching on cape cod is the best way to experience the areas unique natural landscape, species diversity and nautical history all in one salttinged outing.
Spotting right whales in cape cod bay mass great outdoors blog. When to go in cape cod, nantucket and marthas vineyard. First right whales of the 2020 season have arrived in cape. Many delays can upset your your arrival time, the summer months can be a problem with traffic as well as parking so give yourself extra time. Whale watching on cape cod hyannis whale watcher cruises on each cruise you are provided with a naturalist who provides commentary on the whales, the local ecology and the history of the area. Hyannis whale watcher cruises barnstable 2020 all you. Hyannis whale watcher cruises 269 millway, po box 254, barnstable, massachusetts 02630 rated 4.
Season s first north atlantic right whale calves arrive in cape cod bay. Sep 18, 2012 whale watching in boston was not available when we got there, so we kept going to cape cod. If youre in provincetown there are alternatives, but i love the trip out on this fast jet boat no propellers to. A beautiful beach back by a steep glacial scarp just tell the kids they are not allowed to climb on the cliffdunes. Dec 03, 2018 interactive north atlantic right whale sightings map. The best time for whale watching in massachusetts usa today. Whale watching package bayside resort hotel, west yarmouth. We offer two and three hour whale watch tours in the waters just east of chatham. Daily whale and seal excursions are offered in season, led by experienced naturalists. Over there we took a boat tour to watch the whales.996 496 543 1044 1013 1310 1532 1027 698 496 300 1131 1470 562 1214 1631 1284 1411 277 1438 37 1137 791 725 1116 312 1350 1183 284 216 702 425 879