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. 

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