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The Great Blue Heron is one of the most majestic sea birds in the world. Frequently seen standing proudly on the edge of a pond or marshy pool, the Great Blue Heron has an incredible wingspan and beautiful feather patterns along its neck, chest, and back. Seeing one Great Blue Heron in flight is a treat, but seeing two at the same time is absolutely breathtaking. To see two of these amazing birds in flight, watch this short video clip from the Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, NY.
Although Great Blue Herons usually migrate south during the winter months, some have been known to stay all year—which means you might spot one or two in flight yourself on your next whale watching tour. Captain John Whale Watching and Fishing Tours are a great way to see the animal life that makes up Plymouth Harbor and Cape Code Bay. To learn more about what to expect during a whale watching tour, call us at (781) 336-4245.
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Imagine being within feet of some of the most beautiful, graceful, and rare mammals in the world. Luckily, Captain John Whale Watching Tours guarantees a whale sighting during your excursion. In other words, we pretty much guarantee an experience you’ll never forget. If you have never been on a whale watching tour, prepare yourself for one of the most memorable events of your life. To help you prepare, here is an idea of what you can expect on your whale watching tour.
Learn About Plymouth Harbor
After you get settled in and the boat leaves the dock, you’ll become aware of all the maritime traffic of the bustling Plymouth Harbor. Further out, you’ll notice the historic landmasses surrounding the harbor, including Gurnet Light and Clark’s Island. The onboard naturalist will tell stories and describe a bit of history about Plymouth Harbor and the surrounding area.
Do Some Bird Watching
If you’re a bird lover, you’re in for a treat. Throughout your whale watching excursion, you will have opportunities to view dozens of beautiful seabirds. Some of the most common species seen during a whale watching tour in Cape Code include the American Kestrel, the Double-Crested Cormorant, and the majestic Osprey, also known as the “Sea Eagle.”
View Whales in their Natural Habitat
Of course, no whale watching tour would be complete with a bit of whale watching. Fortunately, Captain John Whale Watching Tours guarantees a whale sighting, and our onboard naturalist will orient you as to what to look for. You can see whales feeding on Krill in the winter and surfacing with their calves in the summer. No matter what time of the year, whale watching is an experience you’ll never forget.
If you have questions or would like to book a whale watching tour, contact Captain John Whale Watching and Fishing Tours today. We are the top destination for whale watching in Massachusetts. Whale sightings are guaranteed, so contact us today to have the experience of a lifetime! You can reach us at (781) 336-4245.
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The Atlantic Ocean is home to a variety of whales, many of which you might be able to spot on your next whale watching or deep sea fishing tour. There are also a number of rare mammals that might make a once-in-a-lifetime appearance. The harbor porpoise is one of those majestic creatures!
Typically spotted in Stellwagen Bank off the coast of Massachusetts, the harbor porpoise (also known as the common porpoise) is characterized by its round, beakless face and small, rounded pectoral fins. The harbor porpoise is usually brown or dark grey on the back, with a light grey belly along the flanks.
The harbor porpoise is just one of the many whales that live in the Atlantic Ocean, and just one of the many whales that you can see during your Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours excursion. Visit our website to learn more about our whale watching tour, or call us at (781) 336-4245 if you have any questions.
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The humpback whale is one of the most easily recognized whale species on the planet. Known for their magical songs and incredible size, humpback whales are truly one of the most awe-inspiring animals in the sea. When you embark on a whale watching tour, you will get a rare opportunity to be within feet of these graceful mammals. If you want to impress your family and friends during the whale watching cruise, memorize these fascinating facts about the humpback whale.
Diet and Feeding Habits
Adult humpback whales can measure between 40 and 50 feet and weigh up to 40 tons! If you guessed that these giant whales eat a lot, you guessed right. Each humpback whale eats more than one tone of food a day. The humpback whale’s diet consists of krill (small, shrimp-like crustaceans) and various kinds of small fish. Humpbacks feed by circling around schools of krill or fish and making a cylindrical net of bubbles. The whales then swim into the concentrated cloud of food with mouths wide open.
Swimming and Diving
Although humpback whales are not known for their speed (they typically swim between three and nine miles per hour), they can reach speeds up to 16.5 mph in bursts when in danger. When feeding, humpbacks travel at speeds below three mph. Humpback whales can dive for up to 30 minutes, but they usually dive for 15 minutes at a time. Humpbacks can dive to depths up to 700 feet.
Perhaps the most interesting fact about the humpback whale is also their most mysterious. The song of the humpback can be heard up to 20 miles away, and a typical song last for 10 to 20 minutes. Each whale song changes gradually from year to year, and it is the males that do most of the singing. This has led scientists to believe that these complex songs are a part of the whale’s mating behavior.
Now that you armed with some fun facts about humpback whales, catch the next boat out of Plymouth Harbor and cruise alongside these majestic creatures. Captain John Whale Watching and Fishing Tours guarantees whale sightings, and our tours last between 3.5 and 4.5 hours. Contact us online or call (781) 336-4245 to learn more about or whale watching tours.
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Despite their size, humpback whales are one of the most athletic mammals in the ocean—at least you’d think so by the way they propel their body out of the water. Jumping that high is no easy task when you’re over 40 feet long and weigh more than a ton, but the humpback whale makes it look easy. To see the glorious humpback whale in action, check out this short video clip that was shot nearby off the coast of Massachusetts.
This is a great video, but it doesn’t compare to the majesty and amazement of seeing humpback whales in real life. Fortunately, Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours can help your dreams come true. We offer whale watching excursions off the coast of Massachusetts, and we guarantee a whale sighting during your trip. To learn more about our whale watching tours, contact us online or call us today at (781) 336-4245.