• Spotlight on Captain John’s Floating Classroom

    Floating Classroom - Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours - Massachusetts

    For more than 60 years, Captain John Boats has been teaching people of all ages about the marine environment, but just a few years ago, we decided to create a program that would give our students a hands-on learning experience they would never forget. Our “Floating Classroom” sessions are conducted separately from our whale watching and deep sea fishing tours. During each session, students will have access to our special onboard tidal pool to gain hands-on experience with live spider crabs, sea stars, and sea lettuce. Marine educators are present to answer questions and provide information about different marine species. We also provide an overview of the ship, the basics of marine navigation and chart plotting, and how to use sophisticated marine equipment.

    Whether you are a parent or an educator looking to implement a hands-on marine biology excursion or you are an individual interested in an unforgettable learning experience , contact Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours to learn more about our Floating Classroom sessions. If you have any questions, call us at (508) 746-2643. 

  • Stellwagen Bank: A True Massachusetts Gem

    Stellwagen Bank is an underwater plateau at the mouth of Massachusetts Bay. More importantly, it is part of one of the largest marine protected areas on the East Coast. Because of its unique underwater topography, Stellwagen Bank provides the ideal breeding and feeding ground for Krill, or the main component of a whale’s diet. This means that your whale watching tour will almost always venture into this protected marine sanctuary. Read on to learn more about Stellwagen Bank, a true Massachusetts gem. 

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    Where is the Marine Protected Area?

    Stellwagen Bank is located NE of Plymouth Bay and due-north of Provincetown. The Gerry E. Studds Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary is an 842-square-mile marine protected area at the mouth of Massachusetts Bay, stretching from Cape Ann to Cape Cod. The Gerry E. Studds National Marine Sanctuary encompasses all of Stellwagen Bank.

    Who is Gerry E. Studds?

    During his 24 years in Congress, Gerry E. Studds (D-MA) was a staunch supporter of marine protection and a tireless leader in the effort to create, build, and preserve the National Marine Sanctuary Program. To honor Cong. Studds’ hard work and charity, the sanctuary he had fought to establish was renamed the Gerry E. Studds Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary .

    Which Species of Marine Mammals come to Stellwagen Bank?

    With schools of calorie-rich Krill and sand eels, Stellwagen Bank is a sumptuous buffet for marine mammals. At one time or another, some 17 different species of marine mammals have been seen in Stellwagen Bank. The “regulars” include the humpback whale, fin whale, minke whale, northern right whale, Atlantic white-sinded dolphin, harbor porpoise, pilot whale, and harbor seal.

    To take in the mesmerizing sights, smells, and sounds of Stellwagen Bank, hop onboard the next tour from Captain John Whale Watching and Fishing Tours. We will take you through the Gerry E. Studds Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary to get an up-close look at some of the most majestic marine mammals in the world. For additional information about our whale watching tours , contact us online or call us at (508) 746-2643. 

  • Witness Two Great Blue Herons in Flight!

    The Great Blue Heron is one of the most majestic sea birds in the world. Frequently seen standing proudly on the edge of a pond or marshy pool, the Great Blue Heron has an incredible wingspan and beautiful feather patterns along its neck, chest, and back. Seeing one Great Blue Heron in flight is a treat, but seeing two at the same time is absolutely breathtaking. To see two of these amazing birds in flight, watch this short video clip from the Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, NY.

    Although Great Blue Herons usually migrate south during the winter months, some have been known to stay all year—which means you might spot one or two in flight yourself on your next whale watching tour. Captain John Whale Watching and Fishing Tours are a great way to see the animal life that makes up Plymouth Harbor and Cape Code Bay. To learn more about what to expect during a whale watching tour, call us at (508) 746-2643. 

  • What to Expect on Your Whale Watching Tour

    Imagine being within feet of some of the most beautiful, graceful, and rare mammals in the world. Luckily, Captain John Whale Watching Tours guarantees a whale sighting during your excursion. In other words, we pretty much guarantee an experience you’ll never forget. If you have never been on a whale watching tour, prepare yourself for one of the most memorable events of your life. To help you prepare, here is an idea of what you can expect on your whale watching tour. 


    Learn About Plymouth Harbor

    After you get settled in and the boat leaves the dock, you’ll become aware of all the maritime traffic of the bustling Plymouth Harbor . Further out, you’ll notice the historic landmasses surrounding the harbor, including Gurnet Light and Clark’s Island. The onboard naturalist will tell stories and describe a bit of history about Plymouth Harbor and the surrounding area.

    Do Some Bird Watching

    If you’re a bird lover, you’re in for a treat. Throughout your whale watching excursion, you will have opportunities to view dozens of beautiful seabirds. Some of the most common species seen during a whale watching tour in Cape Code include the American Kestrel, the Double-Crested Cormorant, and the majestic Osprey, also known as the “Sea Eagle.”

    View Whales in their Natural Habitat

    Of course, no whale watching tour would be complete with a bit of whale watching. Fortunately, Captain John Whale Watching Tours guarantees a whale sighting, and our onboard naturalist will orient you as to what to look for. You can see whales feeding on Krill in the winter and surfacing with their calves in the summer. No matter what time of the year, whale watching is an experience you’ll never forget.

    If you have questions or would like to book a whale watching tour , contact Captain John Whale Watching and Fishing Tours today. We are the top destination for whale watching in Massachusetts. Whale sightings are guaranteed, so contact us today to have the experience of a lifetime! You can reach us at (508) 746-2643.