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Defining Characteristics of Humpback Whales

Humpback Whale Mum and Calf

Humpback whales may be the most universally familiar whale in the world. You have probably heard clips of their haunting, mysterious songs, and you’ve probably seen pictures of them breaching, or leaping out of the water. These majestic creatures are immediately recognizable because of their long fins, their distinctive hump, and the distinctive bumps that cover their heads.

If there’s one thing everyone knows about humpback whales, it’s that they can sing. But how, exactly, does that happen? Since whales don’t have vocal cords, it is thought that they “sing” by passing air through their nasal cavities, producing a remarkably complex series of sounds that can last for more than an entire day. Whales can sing at a much broader range of frequencies than humans can hear, so we’re only able to hear part of the music.

If you want to know what it’s like to see a humpback whale for yourself, it’s time to contact Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours. Visit our website for more information about our whale watching tours in Plymouth and our other excursions, or call (508) 746-2643 with your questions.

How Dolphin Communication Is Similar to Human Communication

Could humans one day be able to communicate with dolphins? The idea might sound fanciful, but recent studies by dolphin researchers suggest that the distance between the way that dolphins converse with each other and human communication is not as vast as we once thought. In time, the mysterious world of dolphins may open up to us.

Girl and dolphin

According to recent scientific findings, dolphins do not whistle. Instead, they make a similar noise using their nasal cavities. By controlling the muscles in their noses so that they vibrate at a certain frequency, a dolphin can produce a distinctive, whistle-like noise. Every dolphin in the world has a unique sound all its own that it uses to identify itself to other dolphins.

Dolphins use these noises—along with nonverbal actions such as blowing bubbles and snapping their jaws—to communicate with each other, to find food, and to scan the area around them. Researchers believe that dolphins actually carry on complex conversations with each other. They threaten each other, offer each other help, and warn each other about potential danger.

Most noises made by dolphins can’t be heard by humans, since they are operating at a frequency that our ears cannot perceive. However, a device has been developed that replicates dolphin noises, which may enable researchers to determine what dolphins use certain sounds to mean. The next step, of course, is using those sounds to “talk” to dolphins. It’s too soon to say, but it’s entirely possible that one day we may be able to communicate directly with these extraordinary creatures.

If you’re eager to see a dolphin or a whale up-close, contact Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours. We offer deep sea fishing tours and whale watching tours  in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Visit our website for more information, or call (508) 746-2643 to learn how you can take one of our tours!

Fish You Can Catch on a Deep Sea Fishing Trip

You may think you’re an experienced fisherman—but if you haven’t gone deep sea fishing, you haven’t gone fishing. You never can tell quite what you’ll come home with when you head out on a fishing excursion in Massachusetts, but here are just some of the fish you might catch.

Deep Sea Fishing


The bluefish is an aggressive fish that can swim extremely fast. A born predator, the bluefish can gorge itself on entire schools of fish—and it’s even been known to snap its jaws at humans! It’s a popular food fish, and smoked bluefish is particularly prized among connoisseurs of fine seafood. For decades, the bluefish population was dangerously low due to overfishing, but their numbers have increased in recent years.

Atlantic Cod

This massive fish can grow up to 200 pounds and may live up to 25 years. A staple catch of Atlantic fishermen for centuries, the Atlantic cod is easily recognizable for the whisker-like formation on its chin—known as a barbell—and for its handsome greenish-gray color.


These fish are famous for their distinctive markings, notably a black mark near its fin that resembles a thumbprint. Haddock can weigh up to 37 pounds, and they tend to swim in deeper waters as they grow older. Their flesh is flaky and firm, and they are a popular choice for fried fish and chips.

You’ll never forget what it’s like to catch fish with Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours . You can learn more about our deep sea fishing tours by visiting our website, and you can call (508) 746-2643 to ask about whale watching tours and our other exciting sea journeys.

Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours on the News!

Interested in learning more about Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours and what we do? Check us out on PCN PACTV Community News! They interviewed our own Captain Bob and took a tour to see what we're all about. We are so excited that they were able to come out and see some whales on one of our tours!

For more information on our whale watching & fishing tours, visit our website, or call us at (508) 746-2643.

Decoding Dolphin Communication

When you watch a group of dolphins interact, you may wonder whether they are “talking” to each other. In fact, they are—but in a way that has taken researchers years to begin to understand. Dolphins use sounds such as clicks and whistles to communicate with each other, which allows them to coordinate their movements when they hunt. Many of the behaviors that humans interpret as merely cute or playful—such as shaking their heads or blowing bubbles—are actually ways in which dolphins express anger or irritation to each other. To learn more about dolphin behavior, watch this informative video.

Would you like to see dolphins and other sea creatures in action? Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours is your best bet for whale watching and deep sea fishing tours in Plymouth, Massachusetts. For more details about our whale watching tours, call us today at (508) 746-2643 or visit our website.

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