• The History Of Whale Conservation | Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours – Plymouth, Massachusetts

    In nearly every major coastal city, including Plymouth, Massachusetts, you’ll find at least one company that offers whale watching boat tours.  Seeing the giants of the sea in person is an unforgettable experience and has helped to raise awareness about whale conservation over the past 60 years.

    whale tail

    Read this brief history of whale watching and whale conservation and then book your whale watching tour to see these mammoths of the sea for yourself: 

    • Whale watching , as a commercial enterprise, started in the early 1950s when fishing tour companies on the West Coast began offering enticing whale watching rides.  For one dollar, you could take a ride and often enjoy the site of a few whales in the freedom of the sea. 
    • The International Whaling Commission, or IWC, one of today’s leaders in the whale conservation movement , was founded in 1946, shortly before commercial whale watching began.  Today, organizations like the IWC work towards making sure boat operators of whale watching companies are respecting the whales and maintaining safe practices in whale areas. 
    • In the 1970s, whale watching companies started to appear in major U.S. coastal cities.  People across the world were given the opportunity to see the majestic sea creatures, and many felt they were worth saving.  Commercial whaling lost a lot of popularity during this time, although it is still practiced by certain countries today. 
    • It’s estimated today that whale watching is a multibillion dollar industry, with over 9 million participants across the world.  Exercising caution and respect in whale areas, whale watching will continue to inspire whale conservation movements and concern for the whales.

    To experience whale watching, contact Captain John Whale Watching and Fishing Tours .  We offer memorable and exciting whale watching and fishing tours in Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Visit our website or call us at (508) 746-2646 to learn more. 

  • What You Might Catch On Your New England Deep Sea Fishing Tour | Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours

    Deep sea fishing is a great experience for both the casual and the passionate fisher. Off the coast of Plymouth, Massachusetts, there are a variety of fish to be caught just a short fishing tour away.

    Fishing Reel

    Some of the fish you can expect to catch from a deep sea fishing tour in New England are cod, pollock, haddock, mackerel, flounder, and bluefish. Here, we’ll highlight just a few of those:

    • Cod . Cod can be caught either by bait or jig. The great thing about cod fishing is that they’re not picky eaters. Just about anything will work as bait, but most fishers prefer clam. Casual fishers are more likely to enjoy fishing by bait, while fishers looking for more of a challenge will try using a jig.
    • Pollock. Fishing for pollock in the deep sea requires a heavy weight and strong line. You’ll need to lower your line to the sea bed when the skipper tells you it’s a good time to lower your rig. Also, find out from your skipper what color lures the pollock have been hitting on the past few days and how deep your rig should be set for.

    To experience cod, or Pollock fishing for yourself, contact Captain John Whale Watching and Fishing Tours in Plymouth, Massachusetts. We offer whales watching and fishing tours, serving Plymouth, South Shore, Boston, Cape Cod, Hyannis, and surrounding areas. Visit our website or call us at (508) 746-2646 to reserve your spot on a tour today.

  • What Whales You Should See In New England | Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours – Plymouth, Massachusetts

    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 rare species.


    Right Whale

    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 .

    Humpback Whale Mum and Calf

    Fin Whale

    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.

    Fin whale

    Minke Whale

    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!

  • Like Our Recent Topics? Check Out These Resources! | Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours – Plymouth Cod Fishing

    Would you like to learn more about the topics covered in our recent blog posts?  If you are looking for resources that will help you plan and prepare for your New England whale watching adventure or you are seeking to better understand the differences between dolphins and whales, these links may interest you:

    • For a touching article about efforts being made by marine biologists to save the endangered North Atlantic Right Whale, read this recent article from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration .
    • Read about New England’s history of whaling in this CapeCodHistory.us article .
    • The Whale Center of New England provides internet users with a wealth of information that veteran and prospective whale watchers may find interesting.
    • Read this article for information on cetacea research off the coast of New England .
    • Do you want to learn more about dolphins and how they differ from other species of cetacea?  This article explains the difference.
    • Tursiops.org offers information that will help to any whale watcher distinguish between dolphins, whales, and porpoises in the water.

    Father & Son on a Fishing Tour

    If you are looking to spot whales or catch fish off the coast of New England, check out Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours in Plymouth today. Call (508) 746-2646 for more information.