• Worried About Getting Seasick on Your Whale Watching Cruise? Try these Time-Tested Remedies!

    Nothing can disrupt a pleasant whale watching excursion more than the dreaded feeling of seasickness. The old adage goes, “If not for seasickness, the whole world would be sailors.” Regardless of this saying’s truth, there’s no denying that seasickness can really ruin your day out on the water. Luckily, there are a few simple ways to remedy the situation, including:

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    Over-the-counter medication.  The best way to prevent seasickness is to take steps before you even set foot on a boat. Some popular over-the-counter medications for preventing seasickness include brand name drugs such as Dramamine, Bonine, Meclizine, and Benadryl. These drugs generally work well to prevent seasickness or to help you recover more quickly once seasickness has begun. Remember, medications such as those mentioned above need to be taken according to their instructions and at least a half an hour ahead of time in order to do the job.

    Ginger-   There are also natural options for handling seasickness. One of the best-known seasickness remedies is ginger. Taking  ginger capsules  just prior to your planned boating trip or at the first signs of nausea can help prevent or lessen the severity of seasickness. If you don’t have access to ginger capsules, try eating some gingersnap cookies or drinking ginger ale. These sources of ginger are not as strong or pure, but they should help minimize your discomfort.

    Fresh air-   If you are feeling seasick, it is often helpful to go out on an open deck or balcony and look toward the horizon. Doing so helps you visualize the motion of the boat, which causes your eyes to send signals to the brain that are more in alignment with the signals from the inner ear. It also helps to focus on something other than the boat’s motion, so try to keep active while aboard the ship.

    You are sure to have a blast whale watching with  Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours , based out of Plymouth, Massachusetts. Are you ready to get out there on the open water? If so, call us at (508) 746-2646!

  • Witness the Superior Fishing Prowess of the Osprey

    If you’re planning on going on a whale watching tour in the Cape Cod Bay, you may just see an osprey, one of nature’s most majestic birds of prey. Learn more by watching this informative video clip.

    The osprey is a graceful bird of prey with a large wing span and white, brown, and grey feathers that form a distinctive pattern on the underside of the wings. They are easy to recognize due to this pattern. Ospreys are fishers, and their sharp eyes and razor-like talons make them a fearsome hunter.

    Plymouth, Massachusetts-based Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours can show you the majesty of marine life from the safety of a boat that is captained by professionals. To get more information, don’t hesitate to call us at (508) 746-2646.

  • Five Facts You Didn’t Know About Dolphins

    Do you love dolphins? Join the club! Whether you’re on a whale watching tour or watching them on a nature documentary, it’s hard not to love dolphins. Dolphins are famously intelligent and friendly creatures, which may explain why humans are so fascinated by them. Here are five facts about dolphins that you may find interesting. 

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    1. They’re a lot like humans.  Dolphins are at least as smart as some apes and can do many of the things that apes can do, such as recognize themselves in mirrors, use complex communication, and practice mimicry. In fact, new research reported by MSNBC has found that  dolphins’  relatively large brains can be explained by an evolutionary history that’s remarkably similar to our own.
    2. Killer   whales are actually dolphins.  This is a surprising fact that many people don’t know. Orcas, or killer whales, aren’t actually whales at all, but are instead classified as the largest member of the dolphin family. That explains why the distinctive black-and-white animals are surprisingly intelligent and frequently perform at aquarium shows alongside their smaller cousins.
    3. Dolphins are voracious eaters.  An average-sized dolphin weighing in at 260 pounds eats roughly 33 pounds of fish per day. For an average-sized human, that’s essentially the equivalent of eating 15 to 22 pounds of steak a day.
    4. Dolphins live a long time.  One dolphin can swim through the seas for several decades. The maximum age for bottlenose dolphins is between 40 and 50 years, though this differs from region to region. Other dolphin species also have fairly long lifespans.
    5. Dolphins cannot go into a full deep sleep.  Dolphins have to be conscious to breathe. This means that they cannot go into a full deep sleep without suffocating. Dolphins have “solved” this problem by letting only one half of their brains sleep at a time. Dolphins sleep about eight hours each day in this fashion.

    Are you a fan of dolphins? See some wild dolphins in person by taking a fantastic journey out to sea with  Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours , based out of Plymouth, Massachusetts. Call us at (508) 746-2646 for more information.

  • Expand Your Knowledge of Cetaceans and Coastal Birds with the Help of These Links

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    Have you enjoyed reading about the evolution of cetaceans and about the shorebirds that often feed in tandem with these great creatures? If you would like to learn more about either of these topics, all you have to do is click your way through the resources below. To book a whale watching or fishing tour with Plymouth’s finest whale watch and fishing excursion operator, call Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours at (508) 746-2646.

  • Coastal Birds to Keep an Eye Out for on Your Cape Cod Boat Excursion

    Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

    A whale watching tour is an exciting adventure that individuals of all ages can enjoy. While whales are the focus of these trips, many other animals, including several bird species, can also be seen during these excursions. When you book a whale watching tour out of Plymouth, some of the birds you are likely to encounter include:

    Common Loon

    One of the Common Loon’s most recognizable features is its loud, whaling call. Another is the birds’ ability to swim hundreds of feet below the water’s surface to capture the fish, shellfish, and aquatic insects that they feed on. With a distinctive black head and grey body, the Common Loon is easy to identify.

    Common Tern

    The Common Tern is another bird that feeds far below the water’s surface, plunge diving deep into the ocean once it has spotted shrimp or small fish. Contrary to what the bird’s name might imply, the Common Tern is not common in New England. If you spot a Common Tern with its white body and black cap while on your whale watching tour, consider yourself fortunate.

    Great Blue Heron

    While Great Blue Herons are more commonly seen feeding near ponds and other shallow bodies of water, they occasionally take flight over the Cape. If you wish to spot a Great Blue Heron on your whale watch, keep your eye out for a large, slow-flying bird with a strikingly slender neck.

    Osprey

    Sporting a white neck, chest, and belly and brown wings, an Osprey in flight is a sight to behold. If you are lucky enough to see an Osprey emerge from the water while feeding alongside a whale, you will remember the spectacle for a long time to come.

    Are you looking for a great way to spend a day outdoors in the beautiful waters off the coast of Cape Cod? When you book a whale watching excursion with Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours , you are sure to see more than just whales. To learn more about our world famous tours, call (508) 746-2646!