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History of Humans and Whales in Cape Cod | Capt. John Whale Watch

Have you ever wondered how humans began to interact with the majestic whales that inhabit the waters off the coast of New England? The history between people and whales in the area is a long and complicated one. Today, you can view several species of whale, including humpback whales, fin whales, and minke whales, in Cape Cod Bay and Stellwagen Bank by taking a whale watching tour. 

Man and Whales

Let’s take a closer look at the history of interaction between our species and whales in this area.

History of Whale Hunting

Native Americans throughout New England occasionally hunted whales close to the shore for centuries before European settlement. After European settlement in Cape Cod, whaling became a foundation for culture. A booming whaling industry began here early in the 17th century and continued into the beginning of the 20th century.  Whaling played a shorter, but still significant, role in the history of Stellwagen Bank. Whale hunting was most common in this area during the last decade of the 17th century and first decade of the 18th century, ending soon afterwards with the advent of pelagic, or offshore, whaling.

Transition to Whale Watching

As people began to appreciate whales more for their beauty than for the products that could be manufactured from their bodies, the whaling industry in New England began to decline. Tourism in the area became more popular throughout the 20th century, and an integral part of that was whale watching tours. On these tours, boats searched for and followed whales to give passengers a chance to see these majestic creatures, rather than hunt them. The first whale watching tour was taken by a group of school children in 1975, and today is a popular New England activity for tourists and locals alike.

Take a trip with Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours to see the whales that inhabit Cape Cod and Stellwagen Bank today. In addition to having the opportunity to see several different species of whale, you may also spot dolphins, seals, and porpoises. For more information, call us today at (508) 746-2646.

Cape Cod Whale Watching And Fishing Information | Capt. John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours

Our recent blog posts have offered tips on planning an enjoyable whale watching or fishing tour off the coast of Cape Cod. 

Relaxing In Hammock

If you would like to learn more about these topics, the following resources may be of interest to you:

Visit the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries online to learn more about the presence of the famed striped bass off the shores of Massachusetts.

Learn more about preventing seasickness with the help of this Baltimore Sun article.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s website provides advice on making the most out of your whale watching experience.

Read about Cape Cod’s reputation as one of the best places on the planet to fish for striped bass at

Visit to find out what types of fish you can expect to see in the waters around Cape Cod.

For more information about hiring a fishing charter, or to book a whale watching excursion, call Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours at (508) 746-2646!

5 Different Ways to Cook Your Freshly-Caught Deep Sea Fish | Capt. John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours

Leaner and healthier than other meats, fish is a great alternative for family dinners. Still, many families shy away from fish because they’re unsure how to cook it. If you love the taste of fish but don’t know when to start, then this guide will show you multiple ways to enjoy home-cooked fish from the sea.

deep sea sport leisure fishing reel


Have you ever had a plate of delicious fish ‘n’ chips that you wished you could make at home? By battering steaks of codfish or haddock and immersing them in hot oil, you could have your very own home-cooked fried fish in a matter of minutes.


While fish meat is notorious for falling apart, there are some fish that can be successfully grilled.


If you like your fish moist and tender, then steaming is for you. Whether you’ve caught bluefish, dogfish, or flounder, you’ll find that steaming your fish over simmering water is a great way to unlock its wonderful taste.


If you’re more into simple cooking, then it doesn’t get much easier than sautéing. With just a bit of olive oil and a frying pan, you can cook up a delicious treat from the sea in no time.


More adventurous cooks may enjoy baking their fish with all sorts of tasty sauces and garnishes. Whether you’ve caught a cod, mackerel, or haddock, all fish lends itself well to the oven.

At Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours, we believe that fish tastes a little more delicious when you catch it yourself. If you’ve amassed some great dinner ideas, then come on one of our fishing tours to catch codfish, mackerel, flounder, or one of the many other species of fish swimming in Cape Cod Bay. To learn more, give us a call today at (508) 746-2646.

How to Prevent Seasickness | Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours

Seasickness is a highly unpleasant sensation that can dampen even a whale watching experience. If you have booked your family on a whale watching tour and want to do all that you can to ensure that nobody in your crew experiences symptoms of seasickness while on board, check out this informational video clip.

In addition to taking an over-the-counter antihistamine before boarding, it is helpful to eat a healthy meal the morning of your excursion and bring crackers and hard candy on board with you.

For a reputable and experienced whale watch company in New England, call Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours at (508) 746-2646.

An Angler's Guide to Cape Cod Fishing | Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours

If sport fishing is your passion, then a fishing tour off Cape Cod is a bucket list must. During the fishing season, the waters around the Cape are teeming with bass, tuna, and other prime game fish.

Man in boat deep sea fishing, Cabo San Lucas.

To find out more about what you can expect from fishing near Cape Cod, when the best time to fish is, and how to utilize your angling time in the area, continue reading:

Game Fishing: A Cape Cod Tradition

Long before white settlers first set foot on North American soil, the waters near present-day Cape Cod served as a primary food source for the region’s native populations. Later settlers to the region continued to derive much of what was served at the dinner table from the Cape’s waters. Shortly after the Civil War, word of Cape Cod’s beauty spread—and with it, news of the fishing opportunities the waters held. Today, Cape Cod is world-renowned for its game fishing.

Fish to Look Out For

  • Bluefin Tuna: Anglers around the world hear stories of the larger-than-human Bluefin tuna that can be found off of Cape Cod. While these fish are less common than they once were, game fishers still have a decent chance of spotting and catching a Bluefin, especially if they charter a boat.
  • Cod: Not surprisingly, there is no shortage of cod in the Cape’s waters.
  • Haddock: A popular delicacy throughout New England, haddock is another species of fish that draws anglers to Cape Cod.

When to Fish

The Cape Cod fishing season starts in late April and runs through October. During this time, a number of fishing tour operators charter boats for private fishing outings. Because the local captains know the waters well, this is the best way for most visitors to improve their likelihood of making a big catch.

If you are looking to charter a boat for the Cape Cod fishing trip of a lifetime, contact Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours today. Call (508) 746-2646 to find out more about how we can meet your fishing desires!

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