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How to Get Students Excited about Marine Biology and Ocean Science

For sea-loving folks, it may be difficult to “fathom” how anyone wouldn’t be thrilled by the prospect of learning about the ocean, but it can sometimes be difficult to get students interested in ocean science. However, at Captain John’s Whale Watching & Fishing Tours, we can get any student excited about marine biology! When students attend our floating classroom, they’ll get to:

Lobster Fishing Boat

  • Tour the bridge with the captain. During the field trip, a U.S. Coast Guard-licensed Captain will show the students the bridge of the ship and explain the basics of marine navigation, the various technological devices used every day on the ship, and chart plotting. Students will then be given the exciting opportunity to inspect the bridge first-hand.
  • Have hands-on experiences with the denizens of the deep. When aboard our floating classroom, students can meet spider crabs, sea lettuce, and sea stars up close and personal. Students will be able to handle these creatures in a safe environment while a marine educator teaches facts about the species and their physiological components. Your students will also learn about marine habitats in a fun and engaging way that will stick with them.
  • Watch a lobster trapper in action. An exciting part of the curriculum, a lobster fisherperson will haul up a lobster trap in front of the class and speak about the methods of this tradition. The trapper will also discuss facts about lobsters, traps and hauling gear, and lobster-trapping laws.
  • Catch some plankton. In order to learn about the first link in the food chain, students will be able to catch their very own plankton! Individual microscopes will allow students to examine their plankton and learn about the importance of this species.

Are you ready to get your students thrilled about the deep blue sea? If so, set up a floating classroom field trip with Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours by calling us at (508) 746-2646. We also offer whale watching tours, and we’ll be happy to answer your questions about our exciting and educational services.



Get More Information to Enhance Your Next Whale Watching Experience

Humpback Whale Breaching

For a lover of marine wildlife, there are few excursions more exciting than a whale watching trip. Find out more about whales, dolphins, and other denizens of the sea by reading through these links. For a wonderful time out on the water, look no further than Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours, based out of Plymouth, Massachusetts. Call us at (508) 746-2646 to learn more.

  • Why are dolphins so smart? Find out the answer by reading this article from MSNBC.
  • Learn more remedies for seasickness with this MedincineNet.com article.
  • Read this article from Livestrong.com to find out more about taking ginger before boarding a boat to reduce seasickness.
  • Take a look at this page from DefendersOfWildlife.org to find out more facts about dolphins.
  • Do you want to know more about dolphins? Check out this dolphin Q & A from Scholastic.com.



Worried About Getting Seasick on Your Whale Watching Cruise? Try these Time-Tested Remedies!

Nothing can disrupt a pleasant whale watching excursion more than the dreaded feeling of seasickness. The old adage goes, “If not for seasickness, the whole world would be sailors.” Regardless of this saying’s truth, there’s no denying that seasickness can really ruin your day out on the water. Luckily, there are a few simple ways to remedy the situation, including:

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Over-the-counter medication. The best way to prevent seasickness is to take steps before you even set foot on a boat. Some popular over-the-counter medications for preventing seasickness include brand name drugs such as Dramamine, Bonine, Meclizine, and Benadryl. These drugs generally work well to prevent seasickness or to help you recover more quickly once seasickness has begun. Remember, medications such as those mentioned above need to be taken according to their instructions and at least a half an hour ahead of time in order to do the job.

Ginger-  There are also natural options for handling seasickness. One of the best-known seasickness remedies is ginger. Taking ginger capsules just prior to your planned boating trip or at the first signs of nausea can help prevent or lessen the severity of seasickness. If you don’t have access to ginger capsules, try eating some gingersnap cookies or drinking ginger ale. These sources of ginger are not as strong or pure, but they should help minimize your discomfort.

Fresh air-  If you are feeling seasick, it is often helpful to go out on an open deck or balcony and look toward the horizon. Doing so helps you visualize the motion of the boat, which causes your eyes to send signals to the brain that are more in alignment with the signals from the inner ear. It also helps to focus on something other than the boat's motion, so try to keep active while aboard the ship.

You are sure to have a blast whale watching with Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours, based out of Plymouth, Massachusetts. Are you ready to get out there on the open water? If so, call us at (508) 746-2646!


Witness the Superior Fishing Prowess of the Osprey

If you’re planning on going on a whale watching tour in the Cape Cod Bay, you may just see an osprey, one of nature’s most majestic birds of prey. Learn more by watching this informative video clip.

The osprey is a graceful bird of prey with a large wing span and white, brown, and grey feathers that form a distinctive pattern on the underside of the wings. They are easy to recognize due to this pattern. Ospreys are fishers, and their sharp eyes and razor-like talons make them a fearsome hunter.

Plymouth, Massachusetts-based Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours can show you the majesty of marine life from the safety of a boat that is captained by professionals. To get more information, don’t hesitate to call us at (508) 746-2646.



Five Facts You Didn't Know About Dolphins

Do you love dolphins? Join the club! Whether you’re on a whale watching tour or watching them on a nature documentary, it’s hard not to love dolphins. Dolphins are famously intelligent and friendly creatures, which may explain why humans are so fascinated by them. Here are five facts about dolphins that you may find interesting. 

Jumping Dolphin

  1. They're a lot like humans. Dolphins are at least as smart as some apes and can do many of the things that apes can do, such as recognize themselves in mirrors, use complex communication, and practice mimicry. In fact, new research reported by MSNBC has found that dolphins' relatively large brains can be explained by an evolutionary history that's remarkably similar to our own.
  2. Killer whales are actually dolphins. This is a surprising fact that many people don’t know. Orcas, or killer whales, aren't actually whales at all, but are instead classified as the largest member of the dolphin family. That explains why the distinctive black-and-white animals are surprisingly intelligent and frequently perform at aquarium shows alongside their smaller cousins.
  3. Dolphins are voracious eaters. An average-sized dolphin weighing in at 260 pounds eats roughly 33 pounds of fish per day. For an average-sized human, that's essentially the equivalent of eating 15 to 22 pounds of steak a day.
  4. Dolphins live a long time. One dolphin can swim through the seas for several decades. The maximum age for bottlenose dolphins is between 40 and 50 years, though this differs from region to region. Other dolphin species also have fairly long lifespans.
  5. Dolphins cannot go into a full deep sleep. Dolphins have to be conscious to breathe. This means that they cannot go into a full deep sleep without suffocating. Dolphins have "solved" this problem by letting only one half of their brains sleep at a time. Dolphins sleep about eight hours each day in this fashion.

Are you a fan of dolphins? See some wild dolphins in person by taking a fantastic journey out to sea with Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours, based out of Plymouth, Massachusetts. Call us at (508) 746-2646 for more information.


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