• 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!

  • 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!