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Whale Watching from Shore

By April 11, 2011

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Whale Watching From Cape Cod / © Jennifer KennedyJust returned from a weekend in Provincetown, Cape Cod, where I was attending a whale watch naturalist workshop put on by the Whale & Dolphin Conservation Society and Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies.

The workshop was great, and very informative - I expect I'll be sharing some facts and news in the coming weeks! But one thing that's great about this time in Provincetown is the opportunity to watch whales from shore.

Whale watching in New England often means a cruise of 15-20 miles offshore to view species such as fin, humpback and minke whales. This weekend, we were fortunate enough to see many North Atlantic right whales right from the beach. This is possible because right whalesuse Cape Cod Bay as a feeding habitat during the spring feeding on abundant amounts of tiny copepods, often coming fairly close to shore. In May,many of the whales migrate northward to the Bay of Fundy for the summer, often necessitating trips on a boat to see any whales.

Have you been whale watching? What is your favorite whale species to see in the wild?

Photo: Watching whales from Race Point Beach in Provincetown, Jennifer Kennedy


April 11, 2011 at 1:23 pm
(1) enwalker says:

I was fortunate enough to see humpback whales lunge feeding in Monterey Bay last summer. Humpbacks are fun to watch because they are so playful, slapping their fins on the water, etc. I also liked seeing blue whales. It’s fun to watch them dive because they seem to go on forever before they disappear into the water.

April 17, 2011 at 9:45 pm
(2) marinelife says:

enwalker – thanks for your comment. Sounds like you had a great trip! Humpbacks are fun to watch, and they have so many unique behaviors. I haven’t seen many blues (only a couple), but have seen lots of fin whales, the 2nd-largest species on Earth, and I’m always amazed at their size and grace – hard to believe a 60-foot animal can be so graceful! Do you have any plans to go whale watching this year?

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