• Fascinating Facts About Whales

    A large population of whales spend their summer just off the Atlantic Coast of the United States. Watch the ocean long enough and you might catch some fins and splashing, but if you want to see them up close and spot the many species that come near the coast, your best bet is to join a whale watching tour near Cape Cod. In the meantime, we’ve got some interesting facts for you so that you can join the tour informed and excited!

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    Whales live in the ocean and have fins, but they’re not fish– they’re mammals! Whales are warm blooded, meaning they keep their high body temperature regardless of the temperature of the water they’re in. This is why whales need to eat so much food, often over a ton of food per day, to maintain thick and fatty blubber that helps keep them warm. Despite their massive size, whales are gentle creatures, and prefer to eat small sea like creatures like fish and shrimp-like organisms called krill. Whales breathe air (and can hold their breath for about an hour!), produce milk, and nurse their young like other mammals.


    Many whale species migrate thousands of miles each year, heading north during the summer in search of abundant food, and then swimming back to warmer waters in the winter to breed. Some whales swim as far as Antarctica! It’s no wonder whales rely on their blubber and diets for energy to breed and swim thousands of miles in frigid and rough waters.

    Why read about them when you can see them in person? Captain John Whale Watching and Fishing Tours puts you close to these majestic sea creatures. We offer exciting whale watching and fishing trips staffed with experienced crew and naturalists so you can sit back and relax, and watch and learn, too! To buy your tickets and learn more about us, visit our website or call us at (508) 746-2643.

  • Amazing Facts About Humpback Whales

    When you take a humpback whale watching tour, you’ll have the opportunity to see majestic humpback whales up close in their natural habitat. Your whale-watching tour guides can give you fascinating and valuable information about humpback whales that will make your whale-watching excursion even more enjoyable. Here’s a look at some amazing facts about humpback whales.

    Humpback Whales Communicate via Song

    Humpback whales communicate via songs that can be heard across a vast distance. The songs have been described as howls, moans, and cries, are very complex, and can last for hours. If you’re lucky, you’ll hear these songs while on your whale watching tour or deep-sea fishing trip.

    They are the Most Easily Recognizable Species of Whale

    Because they are the largest marine mammals, and have distinctive knobs on their heads, humpback whales are the most easily recognized species of whale. It will not be difficult for you to spot humpback whales while whale watching. Humpbacks can grow from 40-60 feet long, and weigh as much as 44 tons. They are dark gray or black, and have white spots on their stomachs. The humpback whale is mostly flat, with a large fluke, long pectoral fins, two blowholes, and a small dorsal fin on the far side of its back.

    They Have a Diverse Diet

    Unlike other species of whale, the humpback has a very diverse diet. While on your whale watching excursion or Cape Cod charter fishing tour, you might see humpback whales eating small fish, krill, salmon, herring, mackerel, capelin, and other small prey. They don’t possess teeth, so they are limited to small animals.

    If you’re planning a visit to Cape Cod and are interested in a charter fishing tour or humpback whale watching tour near Plymouth , come see us at Captain John Whale Watching and Fishing Tours. Our experienced guides will ensure that you and your family have the adventure of a lifetime during your whale watching or deep-sea fishing excursion. To learn more about tours and charters, call us today at (508) 927-5575.

  • A Closer Look at Humpback Whales

    When you go humpback whale watching, you have the amazing chance to see some beautiful humpback whales in their natural habitat. If you plan on whale watching in Massachusetts, you’ll have the best shot at seeing humpback whales between April and October.

    Watch this video for an up close look at humpback whales. This excerpt from a BBC documentary shows amazing footage of humpback whales and audio recordings of their songs.

    If you’re interested in humpback whale watching in Plymouth , come see us at Captain John Whale Watching and Fishing Tours. Our experienced guides will take you on a fun and educational whale watching excursion through Cape Cod Bay and Stellwagen Bank. To learn more about our rates, schedule, or fishing charters, call us today at (508) 927-5575.

  • Types of Whales That Call Cape Cod Waters Home

    If you’re planning a visit to Cape Cod, you’ll definitely want to take a whale watching tour! A whale watching excursion is exciting and educational for the entire family, and is also perfect for school groups, tour groups, company outings, and birthday party groups. Here is some interesting information about the types of whales you may see on your Cape Cod whale watching tour.

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    Humpback whale watching in Massachusetts is most successful from April through October. Adults can be between 39 to 52 feet long, with a distinctive body shape that makes them easily recognizable. Their heads are knobbed, and they have very long pectoral fins. Males are known for producing a beautiful song, which they repeat for hours. Humpbacks feed in polar waters in summer, and migrate to tropical or subtropical waters in winter to breed and give birth.

    Finback or Razorback Whales

    Finback whales, or razorback whales, are the second largest animal in the world, after the blue whale. Finbacks can grow to 89 feet in length. They are brownish-gray, with a long, thin body. Plan your whale watching excursion between April and October to spot Finbacks. They live in major oceans in the North Atlantic and Southern Hemispheres.

    Rare North Atlantic Right Whales

    The waters of Cape Cod Bay were discovered to be a breeding spot for the extremely rare North Atlantic right whale. Right whales are endangered, with fewer than 350 remaining worldwide. They can be spotted on Cape Cod whale watching tours in late winter and early spring, and tend to stay close to the Bay and avoid open waters. They have round bodies, and dark gray or black skin, and can grow up to 59 feet long.

    To see these whales in action or enjoy a fishing charter, book a Cape Cod whale watching tour near Plymouth with us at Captain John Whale Watching and Fishing Tours. Our knowledgeable guides have years of experience spotting whales, and will provide interesting and educational facts during your tour. To book a whale watching tour, call us today at (508) 927-5575.

  • A Closer Look at Humpback Whales

    Whale watching can be an exciting experience—not only for the sights, but also for the sounds. They are enjoyable to listen to, but no one knows why they do it. Watch this video for a look at humpback whales.

    Humpback whales make sounds that can travel for miles. They slap against the water with their massive bodies as well as “sing” with their larynxes. Whale songs sound like loud moans and squeals, and it is unclear what purpose they serve. Male humpback whales learn from other males and develop new sounds throughout their lives.

    Captain John Whale Watching and Fishing Tours provides fishing charters and whale watching serving Plymouth. We offer Pollack fishing as well as flounder fishing, and our whale watching tours are always exciting. Feel free to visit our website or call us at (508) 927-5575 to find out more about our tours.

  • A Look at Whale Behavior

    Deep sea fishing may be the more active pursuit, but a whale watching excursion in Plymouth can still be very exciting. The waters off Cape Cod, especially near the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, offer some of the best whale watching in the country.

    Many species of whales, especially humpback whales, exhibit exciting behaviors such as jumping and tail slapping. To have a look at whale behaviors so you’ll know what to expect on your trip, watch this video.

    Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours provides fishing charters and whale watching tours leaving from Plymouth. Call us at (508) 927-5587 to inquire about charter rates and available dates.

  • How to Photograph Whales

    Although nothing quite compares to whale watching in Plymouth in person, people often like to document their experiences with photographs that they can use to show their friends and family afterwards. Watch this video to learn how to photograph whales.

    Whales can be extremely elusive, which is why whale watching tours are so exhilarating. For this reason it helps to be extra prepared when you go on a tour yourself. Make sure that your camera is functioning and that you have plenty of room on your card for pictures. It is also wise to bring extra batteries.

    Captain John Whale Watching and Fishing Tours is happy to serve the Plymouth area. We specialize in cod and flounder fishing as well as humpback whale watching. Feel free to visit our website or give us a call at (508) 746-2643 to find out more about what we can do for you today.

  • Up Close with Humpback Whales

    If you want to go whale watching, your best bet is to charter a boat. This is the safest and surest way to get as close as possible to the world’s largest marine mammals. The waters of Cape Cod just off the coast near Plymouth are often full of humpbacks, right whales, and other related species.

    Adult whales weigh many tons, so it’s important to keep a respectful distance from these creatures, especially since they like to jump out of the water and splash around with their massive tails and fins. Watch this video to see a hair-raisingly close encounter with a group of humpback whales.

    For a safe but still thrilling experience, call Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours at (508) 927-5587. We also offer chartered deep sea fishing excursions that depart from Plymouth.

  • Humpback Whales Feeding

    Between South America and Antarctica, the cold waters produce nutrients that feed billions of tiny krill, whose collective weight surpasses that of the human race. Humpback whales come down from the north to feast on upwards of 2 tons of krill each day. To round up the little fish, the humpbacks form air bubbles that pull the krill to the surface. The video talks more about the humpback/krill phenomenon.

    To learn more about humpbacks and to see them in their natural habitat, book a day trip with Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours . As one of the premier sea tour companies in Plymouth, we have led countless whale watching tours and deep sea fishing adventures along the waters of Cape Cod. To learn more about our history or to book a tour on our ferry, call us at (508) 927-5575.