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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.

Look at These Rare Fish Swimming Around P-Town's Harbor

If you are leaving on the P-Town Fast Ferry or starting out on a deep sea fishing tour, then keep an eye out for rare fish you may not see anywhere else. Black sea bass, Atlantic sturgeon, and shortnose sturgeon are just a few rare fish that might be hiding along Cape Cod’s coast. Read on for a better look at these rarely-seen fish.

  • Black sea bass are commonly found south of Cape Cod. However, these fish are migratory and will often arrive in Cape Cod during late spring.
  • Atlantic sturgeon will spawn in freshwater. However, they will spend most of their lives in coastal habitats.
  • Shortnose sturgeon are often confused with Atlantic sturgeon, though its mouth is much wider than the Atlantic species. Shortnose also spawn in freshwater, but they can be found in saltwater habitats during the winter.

See these amazing fish and so much more when you choose Captain John Boats. We run fishing charters, whale watching excursions, and the P-Town Fast Ferry in Plymouth. We are available to answer your questions and make reservations at (508) 927-5575.

What Are the Most Important Items to Bring on the Open Sea?

When you are going deep sea fishing or whale watching, there are certain items you need to keep yourself safe on the water. Water bottles, sun protection, and any required medications should be with you throughout your entire deep sea fishing trip. Here is a list of the most important items you will need while out on the open sea:

Required Medications

If you have certain medications that require you to take them during your deep sea fishing excursion, then make sure these are on you at all times. Consider setting an alarm on your phone or watch to remind you when to take your medication, because time can pass quickly while having fun on the open sea. If you experience seasickness or motion sickness, then bring the proper medications or products to prevent sickness.

Smart Clothing

Wear clothing that is okay to get wet, stained, or dirty. Choose sturdy shoes that will not slip on a wet boat deck and will support you for several hours of standing. Bring layers of clothing as well, because the wind may pick up and temperatures may drop the farther out your fishing charter travels.

Sun Protection

Keep your skin and eyes protected from sun damage while deep sea fishing. The sun will reflect off of the water, and you may have a bad sunburn or heat exhaustion at the end of your trip. Wear a light, long-sleeved shirt to protect your arms and shoulders. Wear a hat and sunglasses to protect your head and eyes. Put sunscreen on your face and any exposed skin.

Water Bottle

It is extremely important to stay hydrated while out on the open sea. The wind and saltwater can cause you to dehydrate quicker, so keep a refillable water bottle with you at all times.

Choose Captain John Boats for your deep sea fishing near Plymouth. We run fishing charters and whale watching tours on a daily basis, and our crew is the best on the ocean. Please call us at (508) 927-5575 to reserve a charter.

Top Summer Activities to Do in Provincetown

There are several activities to enjoy in Provincetown, such as charter fishing along Cape Cod and taking the ferry around the harbor. Provincetown also features beautiful beaches and great shopping for you and your family to enjoy. Let’s take a closer look at the different activities you can enjoy this summer in Provincetown.

Take the P-Town Ferry

The first activity you must do is take the P-Town Ferry from Plymouth to Provincetown. If you are visiting Provincetown for the day or for the weekend, then the ferry is the most exciting and safest option to get you there safely. The trip takes about an hour and a half each way, and you will sail past boats, sea life, and the coast.

Visit Commercial Street

A trip to Provincetown would not be complete without shopping for one-of-a-kind souvenirs on Commercial Street. This is one of the premier shopping locations in Provincetown, because it features beautiful houses and gardens among the many different shops. You can look for vacation souvenirs like t-shirts and figurines, and you can also find original artwork, glassware, and antique furniture.

Walk Cape Cod Provincelands Trail

This trail is just over five miles long, and it is the perfect excursion for bicyclists, walkers, and runners. You can also visit other popular trails that lead to Herring Cove Beach, Bennett Pond, and Race Point Beach. This is a great way to see Provincetown’s beautiful scenery.

Swim Herring Cove Beach

Herring Cove Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Provincetown, because it holds calm and warm waters that are perfect for swimming. You may also see seals relaxing and whales swimming. The beach also includes concession stands, restrooms, and lifeguards.

Hop onto the P-Town Fast Ferry run by Captain John Boats. We will give you a quick, safe, and memorable trip into and out of Provincetown. You can also enjoy a deep sea fishing excursion or whale watching excursion in Plymouth by calling us at (508) 927-5575.

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