While whaling has long been illegal in the waters off of the coast of New
England, the region’s extensive and once thriving whaling industry
is a testament to the variety and volume of whales that spends its summers
there. If you are preparing to go whale watching off the coast of Plymouth, you are
likely to see some whales than others—but if you’re lucky, you may see a
A right whale is a large baleen whale, averaging some fifty feet in length.
These whales are slow-moving, making them great for whale watching because
they can often be seen for several minutes consecutively once spotted.
Cape Cod Bay is a favorite feeding ground for the North Atlantic Right
Whale, making your chances of spotting them fairly high—especially
considering that only an estimated 400 are alive today. Part of the reason
why this whale is so rare is that it was one of the most
hunted whales in the North Atlantic.
Fin whales—long, slender, and smooth—are the sixth largest
living animal species in the world. Sightings by whale watchers are not
uncommon, but they are often brief, as the fin whale can swim up to 25
miles per hour.
One of the smaller species of baleen whale, the minke whale is abundant.
Close to one million of these whales are estimated to roam the world’s
oceans today, but all but 100,000 live and feed in Antarctic waters. Still,
minke whale sightings are fairly commonplace for whale watching tours
off the coast of New England.
Are you an avid whale watcher or interested in whale watching for the first time?
Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours operates exciting and educational whale watching tours and flounder fishing
excursions all summer long. Contact our Plymouth office at (508) 746-2646
to find out more or book your tour today!