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An Inside Look at the Lifestyle of a Humpback Whale

The humpback whale is so-called because of the hump it makes when it surfaces for air and dives back into the water. To learn more about the fascinating lives of humpback whales, watch the following National Geographic video clip.

The length of an adult humpback whale can range between 35 and 50 feet in length, and weigh about one ton per foot. Humpback whales can also remain underwater for 30 minutes on a single breath. They will eat around 2,000 pounds of plankton, krill, and small fish each day during feeding season. If you’ve ever been whale watching, you already know that humpbacks like to slap their tales and fins in the water. Scientists aren’t sure why humpback whales do this—it may be a mating ritual or just to have fun. Watch this video to learn more about how humpback whales thrive in oceans all over the world.

To go whale watching in Cape Cod and see these captivating animals in the wild, contact Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours of Plymouth, MA. Call us at (508) 746-2643 or visit our website for more information about our whale watching tours.

Interesting Facts about Humpback Whales

Did you know that humpback whales can grow to a length of more than 50 feet? In fact, many humpback whales are longer than a school bus. Read this article for more fun and interesting facts about humpback whales.

Two humpback whales

Humpback Whales Sing For Hours on End

One of the most defining features of the humpback whale is its tendency to sing. Hearable for hundreds of miles by other whales, the noises emitted by a humpback whale are used both to communicate and attract mates.

Humpback Whales Feed on Small Sea Creatures

While humpback whales are massive, their food is actually quite small. Humpback whales will open their huge mouths, letting in water and a mixture of sea life, including tiny krill, plankton, and fish.

Humpback Whales Migrate

In order to find better access to food and mates, whales will migrate between northern waters and waters closer to the Equator. This process of whale migration happens annually, with humpback whales usually moving closer to the Equator in the wintertime.

Humpback Whales Show Affection to Their Family

Humpback whale mothers and their calves can oftentimes be found swimming together. They will even touch each other with their flippers in what scientists believe to be a show of affection. While mothers nurse their calves for only one year, it takes up to ten years for calves to reach adulthood.

Humpback Whales Like to Jump Out of the Water

If you’ve ever been whale watching, then you probably know that humpback whales have an affinity for jumping out of the water. Scientists believe that they do this for a practical purpose, but it could just be their way of having fun.

If you would like to see a humpback whale in the flesh, go whale watching with Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours of Plymouth. Call us at (508) 746-2643 for more information about our whale-watching excursions. We guarantee that you will see a whale on our tour!

Getting the Most from a Whale Watching Excursion

Whale watching is a great summer activity for your family or for a date. But it’s important to to prepare for it if you want to make the most of the experience. Here are some of the most important tips to consider before you embark on a whale-watching trip.

Sunset Whale Watching

Choose the Right Area and the Right Company
If you want to see whales on your whale-watching trip, it’s important to do some research on the best area to see whales and the most reputable companies in those areas. Captain John Whale Watching and Fishing Tours in Plymouth offers the best whale watching in Cape Cod. In fact, we have a guaranteed sightings policy.

Look for the Blow of a Whale
When you’re out on the water, your guide will tell you to watch for the blow of a whale, which is the mist that comes out when a whale exhales through its blowhole. If you see the blow, look in that direction, because there’s a good chance that you will see a whale.

Take Steps to Reduce Motion Sickness
One of the best ways to prevent motion sickness on the water is by eating a low-fat breakfast with plenty of carbohydrates before your trip, and by snacking during the trip. In worst cases, you can buy motion sickness medications at a drug store.

Stay Hydrated
Bring plenty of fluids on your whale-watching excursion. It’s best to take water, tea, or sports drinks that are low in sugar and packaged in plastic rather than glass. Ginger ale is also good to have on hand, as it helps reduce nausea associated with sea sickness.

Bring Extras
Even if it’s a warm day, bring well-insulated, water-resistant jackets to make sure that you stay dry and warm. Bring sunblock and sunglasses too, as a multi-hour whale-watching trip can leave you pretty badly burned if you are unprotected.

For an exceptional whale watching experience in Cape Cod, call Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours of Plymouth, MA at (508) 746-2643. To learn about our whale watching, fishing excursions, and dinner cruises, visit our website.

Tips for Preparing for Your First Deep Sea Fishing Excursion

Deep Sea Fishing

Are you planning a deep sea fishing excursion? You’ll undoubtedly have a lot of relaxing fun while on your excursion, but you should be sure that you don’t forget a few things that can make your trip a bit more comfortable. Prepare the night before so you don't forget anything early in the morning, and happy sailing!

  • Bring Sunglasses and a Hat: Sunglasses help your eyes relax, cut the wind, and enhance natural colors. Additionally, polarized glasses cut glare and enable you to see fish that are in the water better. A hat is also important, especially if you are fair-haired. You don’t want to spend all day applying sunscreen only to realize that your scalp is burned! A hat with a brim can also help protect your eyes and face.
  • Don’t Forget the Sunscreen: Make sure that the sunscreen you bring is waterproof. Even if it’s a cloudy day, you still want to protect yourself from harmful UV rays when you’re out on the water. A lip protectant with an SPF is also a great idea—chapped lips can be very irritating when you’re trying to fish and relax.
  • Pack a Windproof and Waterproof Jacket: Mornings on the water can be brisk, and the weather can change unexpectedly. Look for a lightweight jacket that will protect you from windy weather and ocean spray, and wear it over a long-sleeved shirt and short-sleeved t-shirt. This way, you’ll be prepared no matter what the weather that day brings.
  • Purchase a Remedy for Seasickness: It is a good idea to be prepared for seasickness, even if you’ve never experienced it before. Ginger root is an excellent remedy for seasickness, but you can also bring over-the-counter medication to help you weather the storm, so to speak. Avoid soda and big meals before you step aboard, and don’t drink too much alcohol the night before—it may end up making your fishing excursion miserable.

Hit the open water with the best in the industry—call Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours in Plymouth, Massachusetts, at (508) 746-2643. We offer whale watching tours and a floating classroom as well, so contact us today!

A Close Look at the World's Largest Blue Whale Colony

Blue whales are among the most graceful and majestic creatures of the deep, and now you can get a closer look at the largest blue whale colony in the world, located off the shores of Sri Lanka, by watching this video clip.

Blue whales have been hunted to near-extinction, but these incredibly large animals have found sanctuary off the coast of Sri Lanka. Maine biologists come from all around the world to study these mammoths of the ocean, which are the largest living creatures on Earth.

See whales up-close by joining Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours. We can take you out deep sea fishing or whale watching, and we even provide a floating classroom for some educational fun on the water. Call us at (508) 746-2643 to learn more.

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