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Cape Cod's Finest Whale Watching

It’s Time to Plan your Whale Watch!

There are plenty of whales in Massachusetts Bay, as evidenced not only by scientific aerial surveys, but also the ability to view whales from local beaches! Critically endangered North Atlantic right whales arrived in Cape Cod Bay this spring and could be seen from shore in Provincetown, Plymouth, and Marshfield. Education Director Laura joined naturalists from three different states to visit Provincetown for the region’s annual Naturalist Workshop, and while there she was able to identify humpbacks Shuffleboard and Measles deep feeding at dusk.

Back at the marina, we have made many upgrades that you will notice right away when you visit! From improved accessibility and new bathrooms shoreside to our enhanced education program featuring our brand new internship program, we can’t wait to have you join us again. We are anticipating seeing returning individual whales, meeting new calves, and await those rare moments such as shark, rare seabird, or unexpected species sightings. Most of all, we are thrilled to be back on the water and able to share the experience with you!

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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

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.

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5/26/24: We’ve been enjoying lots of fin whale action this week! These massive animals are just so beautiful and graceful looking as they appear to glide through the water. With time spent focusing on these species, we’ve been lucky enough to catch glimpses of them lunge feeding! As a proud member of Whale Sense (whalesense.org), we are committed to responsible whale watching practices. All photos were taken in compliance with established guidelines and regulations. HWWC proudly contributes its data to the GOM Humpback Whale Catalog curated by Center for Coastal Studies. Photos by: Laura Lilly#whales #hyannis #capecod #tourism #wildlife ... See MoreSee Less
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5/26/24: We enjoyed sightings of humpback whales and northern gannets with a few looks at a fin whale, too! A-Plus and Boutonniere swam slowly together in the morning, and by the afternoon they had traveled to the north. Boutonniere engaged in a bit of flipper slapping (check out the barnacles!) while A-Plus carried on quietly. As a proud member of Whale Sense (whalesense.org), we are committed to responsible whale watching practices. All photos were taken in compliance with established guidelines and regulations. HWWC proudly contributes its data to the GOM Humpback Whale Catalog curated by Center for Coastal Studies. Photos by: Laura Lilly#whale #whalewatching #wildlife #capecod ... See MoreSee Less
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5/25/24We’ve been so lucky with clear skies, calm seas and beautiful sunshine this memorial day weekend. Yesterday our passangers were treated to humpback whales Ursa, Dross, and 3.14, among others. We also had more atlantic white-sided dolphins and even a group of around 10 grey seals sun bathing out on Stellwagen! Although we are a ‘whale watch’ there’s so many other species to see out there. Throughout the season we often have encounters with seals, sharks, birds, sunfish, you name it! Come join us! 🐋*As a proud member of Whale Sense (whalesense.org), we are committed to responsible whale watching practices. All photos were taken in compliance with established guidelines and regulations. *HWWC proudly contributes its data to the GOM Humpback Whale Catalog curated by Center for Coastal Studies. 📸 Photos by: Kali Palmer#whales #travel #humpbackwhales #vacation #ocean #animals #animalencounter #savethewhales #wildlife #whalewatch #whalesofinstagram #whalesnation #passportocean #capecod #stellwagenbank #humpback #baleen #marinemammals #whalewatcher #hyanniswhalewatcher ... See MoreSee Less
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