Just 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 whales use 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