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The days are getting warmer, the sun is setting later,
and you know what that means…

Spring is almost here! With the arrival of the spring equinox comes anticipation for the 2024 whale watching season. Many of the humpbacks that we see between April-December have been spending their time on the breeding grounds in the warm waters of the Caribbean. Fin whales and minke whales move out of the area as well, although less in known where they spend their winter season. Gray seals and harbor seals are spotted more frequently and are likely enjoying quieter harbors as the humans have all hunkered down inside. Now is a great time to visit the shores of Massachusetts in hopes of catching a glimpse of the North Atlantic right whale- keep an eye out for the blow or the tips of their head as they skim feed around the coasts of Massachusetts and Cape Cod Bays! The time is now to book your whale watch! Our season kicks off on May 16th.

Why menopause keeps evolving in whales
Comparing data on toothed whale species that do, and do not, experience menopause suggests that prolonged female postreproductive life allows whales to improve their offsprings’ and grand-offsprings’ survival chances. Older female whales such as killer whales (Orcinus orca) share food and become “repositories of long-term ecological knowledge”, explains animal-behaviour researcher and study co-author Sam Ellis. Menopause also seems to reduce reproductive competition between mothers and daughters. The hormone changes killer whales go through are similar to those in menopausal humans, but “as to hot and cold flushes, we’ve got no way of telling yet”, Ellis says.

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Whale Watch Gift Certificates

Looking for a unique gift for friends near or far? How about a gift certificate for a Whale Watching adventure out of picturesque Barnstable Harbor. The promise of adventure — the wonder of whales and dolphins – wild and free — the exhilaration of sunshine and salt air.

Our gift certificates are easy to order and a cinch to wrap! Gift Certificates are available by flat rate dollar amounts ($100, $125, $150, $175, $200 or $225) or by guests in the party $75 (adults), $65 (seniors – 62+) and $55 (kids – 4 to 12). Order online now and we can even email your gift for you!


WhaleSENSE is a collaborative, voluntary program recognizing commercial whale watching companies committed to a higher standard of whale watching. Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises is committed to the principles of WhaleSENSE on all of our cruises. Our vessel operates in compliance with NOAA’s Northeast Whale Watching Guidelines and are active WhaleSENSE participants. Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises is a proud supporter of the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, the world’s most active charity dedicated to the conservation and welfare of all whales, dolphins and porpoises.

Voted Best Of Cape Cod By Cape Cod Life For 2023

Best of the Cape & Islands

Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises has been selected Best of the Cape & Islands – Land and Sea Excursions – Mid-Cape by Cape Cod Life magazine each year since 2014.

This is a readers’ choice award voted on annually by the magazine’s readers and subscribers. Cape Cod Life is the region’s premier lifestyle magazine showcasing the stunning natural beauty and historic charm of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket since 1979. Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises is proud to receive this award for another season!

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The latest news and events from the Hyannis Whale Watcher team.

One of the most common questions we get is, “Are there killer whales here?” An interesting read about their presence in New England.What happened to the killer whales of New England?From old whaling records and interviews with fishers, it's known that killer whales were observed from time to time in the Gulf of Maine, often pursuing bluefin tuna or occasionally larger whale species. Group sizes ranged from lone individuals to large pods of more than 30 whales. Sightings seem to peak in the 1970s and 1980s and have since dropped down to nearly zero. Old Thom, a lone adult male, is now the only killer whale regularly sighted from the Bay of Fundy down to Cape Cod. Sightings of other killer whales in this region are exceptionally rare. Killer whales are occasionally seen hunting tuna off North Carolina, and there are also sightings of killer whales further north in the area of Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada.Where did New England’s killer whales go? Did they die off? Move north to Canada, or maybe south to the Carolinas? Out to the open ocean of the North Atlantic?It's hard to say. Gerard Gormley, who wrote the book "Orcas of the Gulf," complied records of sightings from the Western North Atlantic and concluded that for whatever reason, be it overfishing, retaliation from fishermen, whaling, or pollution, killer whales in the Gulf of Maine are now less numerous than they were in the past.References:Nautical chart of the Gulf of Maine:Provided by NOAA Office of Coast Survey, nauticalcharts.noaa.govGormley, Gerard (1990) Orcas of the Gulf. Sierra Book Club.Katona, S. K., Beard, J. A., Girton, P. E., & Wenzel, F. (1988) Killer whales (Orcinus orca) from the Bay of Fundy to the equator, including the Gulf of Mexico. Rit Fiskideildar, 11, 205-224 ... See MoreSee Less
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Interested in how technology has been developed to help whales? On-demand (ropeless) gear is present in Cape Cod Bay! ... See MoreSee Less
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We are one month away from opening day! While we're excited, this little guy wasn't so happy to see a humpback whale last summer. 😧Any predictions for those early season sightings- species, behaviors, or individual whales? #whale #WhaleWatching #wildlife ... See MoreSee Less
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