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Brush Up on Your Whale Knowledge with These Tips

Whales are some of the most fascinating animals on the planet. There are many different types of whales, and each type has its own unique characteristics and features. If you’re getting ready to enjoy a whale watching trip, then watch this video for a closer look at some fascinating whale facts.

Cetaceans, or whales, are divided into 2 categories: Odontoceti and Mysticeti. Odontoceti are toothed whales and Mysticeti are baleen whales. While these animals live in the water, they give birth to live young, nurse their young with milk, are born with hair, and are warm-blooded, making them mammals.

You can get ready for an exciting whale watching excursion in Plymouth with Captain John Boats! Give us a call at (508) 927-5575 for information about whale watching, flounder fishing, and our other services.

Give Your Students Memories to Last with a Whale Watching Excursion

There’s not too much of a purpose in learning a lesson if it’s immediately forgotten, but there are ways to make sure the point sticks. If your students are learning about marine biology, a whale watching excursion could be a perfect experience. Read on and give your students memories to last.

When you see a whale in person, chances are you won’t forget the experience any time soon. This may be even more true for younger students, who may find themselves in awe watching the largest mammals they’ve ever seen jump out of the water. Some fishing and whale watching charters even offer onboard lessons, making them perfect for class field trips. Knowledgeable marine educators will be on board to answer students’ questions about whales, fish, and marine life in general. There is plenty to learn about the oceans, and a whale watching excursion will ensure that students don’t forget.

If you want to give your students the unforgettable memory of whale watching serving Plymouth, call Captain John Boats at (508) 927-5575. Our whale watching and fishing tours are as fun as they are educational. Visit our website for an inside look.

Looking Back at the History of Plymouth, MA

The bustling cape cod fishing town of Plymouth, MA was not always the way it is today. However, it was just as significant during colonial times as it is now, and its importance is detailed in American history textbooks. Continue reading if you’re interested in looking back at the history of Plymouth, MA.

Pre-Colonial Plymouth

Before the whale watching excursions, deep sea fishing charters, and ferry rides, Plymouth was a Native American village called Patuxet. Colonists arrived in the first years of the 17 th century, and just a few years later, 2 separate plagues eradicated most of the Native Americans who had resided there. With most of the natives gone, colonists were able to move in and occupy their territory.

Plymouth Colony

Plymouth, Massachusetts started off as Plymouth Colony in late 1620. Pilgrims separated from the Church of England and landed in Plymouth via the Mayflower, which anchored its first voyage in Provincetown. The settlers signed the Mayflower Compact before leaving the ship and setting out to explore. The first winter was infamously difficult for the settlers, but they survived with help from Native Americans. One native in particular, Squanto, knew how to speak English. He helped the pilgrims survive by teaching them how to fish and farm corn. Plymouth Colony is also famous for being the site of the first Thanksgiving.

Modern Plymouth

Thanks to its location, Plymouth was always a town developed around fishing and building ships. This holds true today, as activities like deep sea fishing and whale watching are still among the most popular in the area. Plymouth has become one of the biggest towns in the state, and it has grown rapidly over the past few decades. This is due in part to the ease of travel to and from Boston.

Plymouth’s history is worth seeing up close and in person. While you’re here, contact Captain John Boats for whale watching tours or deep sea fishing near Plymouth. You can also visit our website or call us at (508) 927-5575 to see what we can offer you.

Did You Know These Marine Animals Were Once Sea Monsters?

Most of our planet is made up of water, and much of the depths are still unexplored. Marine life has adapted in ways that sometimes look monstrous to us even today, so ferry travelers of old let their imaginations go to work. Keep reading for a look at a few marine animals that may have appeared as monsters in the past.


Depending on your definition of a sea monster, the giant squid might actually be one. Back before we knew as much as we do about marine life, it was up to our observations and imaginations to understand what we came across. If you were on a ferry or a fishing charter and you caught a glimpse of a squid without knowing what a squid was, you might think it’s a sea monster. This type of misunderstanding is how the mythological Kraken came to be.


Being as massive as they are, it’s easy to see how people could interpret whales as sea monsters. Many 16 th and 17 th century maps depict ferocious looking whales. Some of them have sharp teeth, and others have multiple blowholes. Whale watchers didn’t have nearly the same concept of these marine animals that we do today, but some of their depictions did come quite close to what they really look like. It’s easy for your eyes to trick you when you’ve been on a fishing charter for days at a time, so it’s understandable that the details were imaginative.


Vicious whales weren’t the only “sea monsters” depicted on maps—you can also find sea serpents on maps from the same era. These serpents were most likely oarfish, which are long fish that are shaped like eel. Thanks to the spines on their heads and dorsal fins, they became sea serpents to old fishermen.

Do you want to see some of these “sea monsters” for yourself? Call Captain John Boats at (508) 927-5575. From fishing charters to whale watching serving Plymouth, we can make your trip to the area unforgettable. Check out our website to learn more.

Look at the Record Number of Whales in Cape Cod

In April 2017, Cape Cod saw a record number of endangered Northern Atlantic Right Whales swimming in the harbor. Whale watching enthusiasts, tourists, and locals were all granted a once-in-a-lifetime show for several weeks while the whales swam through the harbor. Continue reading to learn more about this amazing sight.

As seen in the short video, this rare and record-breaking sight is a great boon for whale watchers and scientists around the world, because it offers a unique opportunity to study these endangered whales. Over a hundred of these whales—about one-fifth of the entire population—were spotted in one day, and they continued to be spotted for weeks afterward.

Experience moments like these and so much more while whale watching with Captain John Boats. We also offer fishing charters, deep sea fishing excursions, and humpback whale watching in Plymouth. Please call us at (508) 927-5575 for more information.

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