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Understanding the Migratory Patterns of Whales

Migration is a term that describes the movement of animals during certain seasons. Each year, many whale species migrate hundreds of miles between their seasonal feeding and breeding areas. The Massachusetts coastal waters are one of the prime feeding grounds for many species of whales during their seasonal migration. Here is an in depth look at the migratory patterns of whales:

 

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Whale Migration Patterns

While each species of whale has its own unique migration path, there are certain whale migration patterns that are observed across species. Typically, whales are found in colder ocean areas during the summer months. During these times, the whales are feeding and storing up energy for their long ocean voyage. In the winter, many whales migrate to warm ocean areas, which provide a comfortable and protected place to give birth and begin raising their young.

Whale Migration Exceptions

There are some exceptions to the migration pattern of certain whale groups. Whales that are too young to bear offspring typically do not travel to the winter breeding grounds. These juveniles remain in the feeding grounds, where they hunt for food during the winter months.

Path of Whale Migrations

The Gray Whale has the longest known typical migration path of any whale. These amazing creatures travel up to 12,000 miles between Baja California and the Bering Strait each year. Some whale species prefer to migrate close to shore, while others travel far out in the ocean. Scientists are still discovering more about the migration paths of certain whale species.

At Captain John Whale Watching and Fishing Tours, we offer unforgettable encounters with whales off of the coast of Massachusetts. Our team of expert whale biologists will provide you with valuable insight into the life and patterns of the whales that you view on our whale watching tours. With trips leaving from Plymouth, MA in Cape Cod, we are conveniently located to provide you with a fantastic whale watching experience. For more information, visit our website or call us at (508) 746-2643.



Massachusetts Named Among Best Whale Watching Destinations in the World

Boats at Plymouth

If you are seeking a once-in-a-lifetime whale watching experience, look no further than the coastal waters of Massachusetts. In the Atlantic Ocean off of Cape Cod, visitors have reported more whale sightings than nearly any other whale watching destination in the world. When you head out on a whale watching trip in Massachusetts, you will have the opportunity to view a wide variety of whale species, including humpback whales, minke whales, finback whales, and pilot whales. Whale watchers in the Massachusetts area have reported an incredible 99 percent success rate during the peak spring and summer viewing seasons. 

For a truly world-class whale watching experience, contact Captain John Whale Watching Tours. Our trips leave from Plymouth and Cape Cod, and we travel through the prime whale watching areas in Massachusetts. Call us at (508) 746-2643 or visit our website for more information about our whale watching tours.


Teamwork Used in Humpback Whale Feeding

During the prime feeding season of the year, humpback whales exhibit unique hunting behavior. The whales use carefully orchestrated teamwork in order to capture and feed upon a giant school of fish. For a closer look at whale teamwork in action, watch this fascinating video clip.

To see this amazing feeding behavior for yourself, join Captain John Whale Watching Tours. Our whale watching trips from Plymouth, MA offer amazing opportunities to see whales during their peak feeding season, up close and personal in their natural habitat. Call us at (508) 746-2643 or visit our website to schedule your whale watching adventure off the coast of Massachusetts.



The Best Time for Whale Watching in Massachusetts

The coastal waters of Massachusetts offer some of the best whale watching opportunities in the world. When you are planning your Massachusetts whale watching tour, the spring and summer seasons are typically the peak whale watching times, although you will be able to see whales throughout the year. Let’s take an in-depth look at the best times for whale watching in Massachusetts: 

People in Boats watching Killer Whales

Feeding Season

From April to October, whales migrate to the ocean waters off of the coast of Massachusetts in order to feed. During the spring and summer months, the warm ocean water provides an ideal environment for primary food sources such as mackerel, herring, and krill. Large groups of whales flock to the Massachusetts ocean area in order to feed in these nutrient dense waters. When the water becomes cold during the winter, many of these whales will travel south to find warmer water in which to breed and give birth.

Types of Whales

The diversity of whale species found in Massachusetts makes this area a world-class whale watching destination. During the peak spring and summer whale watching season, you will be able to spot several different whale species. Humpback whales are very commonly found in the Massachusetts area during this time. Visitors will also have the chance to spot a variety of whale species, including right whales, pilot whales, and finback whales.

Dressing for the Weather

No matter what season you choose for your whale watching tour, it is important to dress for the weather. Throughout the summer, ocean breezes can make the air temperature cold, even when the sun is out. Make sure to bring a warm sweatshirt or jacket so that you will be comfortable during your trip.

Contact Captain John Whale Watching and Fishing Tours to schedule your next whale watching excursion out of Plymouth or Cape Cod. We offer a fantastic, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view these beautiful and majestic creatures up close and personal in their natural habitat. Our experienced naturalists will guide you through the whale watching tour of your dreams. For more information, call us at (508) 746-2643 or visit our website.



Understanding How Whales and Dolphins Communicate

Dolphins jumping

Did you know that whales and dolphins emit noises that can be heard by other whales and dolphins hundreds of miles away? The whistles, howls, moans, and cries that come from dolphins and whales are produced not only from their mouth, but also from their blow-hole. While dolphins use high frequency noises to communicate, whales use sound in order to navigate their surroundings, which gives them the ability to “see” even in pitch darkness.

If you have never seen a dolphin or a whale, Cape Cod is an excellent place for a sighting. To go on a whale tour where sightings are guaranteed, book an excursion with Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours of Plymouth, MA. In addition to whale watching excursions, we offer deep sea fishing, dinner cruises, and marine education programs. Check out our website to learn more about the activities we offer, or call us at (508) 746-2643 to book your whale watching excursion today!


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