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The temperatures are heating up and so are the wildlife sightings! We’ve been seeing a number of humpback whales, including regulars such as Jabiru, Pele, Nile, and Mogul, as well as minke whales and the occasional fin whale. One surprise thus far has been the frequency of Atlantic white sided dolphin sightings. Seen primarily in the spring and fall in previous years, the increased dolphin sightings have thrilled passengers and crew alike.

One special sighting to be on the lookout for in July is the possibility of seeing the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary research team as they work to tag both great shearwaters and humpback whales. Check out www.stellwagen.noaa.gov for more information!

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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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7/21/24: We’re enjoying the most beautiful stretch of weather we’ve had all season! We found humpback whale Snap, flipper slapping, a group of give bubble net feeding, and many, many tiny dolphin calves! These are the kind of sighings that make us excited to wake up and go to work in the morning 🐋 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#ocean #humpback #travel #newengland #stellwagenbank #dolphins ... See MoreSee Less
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Whales have started feeding at the surface again and it’s been incredible out there this week! We’ve had bubble net feeding as well as kick feeding, a feeding behavior endemic to the Gulf of Maine. While sightings of these behaviors can never be guaranteed, odds have increased. If this is a bucket list sighting for you, go get on a whale watching boat!A few friendly reminders:Our boat is in neutral here, and we have jet engines with no propellers. We float in the water and sometimes get VERY lucky when the whales set up to feed right next to our boat. There is a theory that they may even be using the boat to help further trap the fish! 🐟With an uptick in whale behavior during the summer season, there is always an increase in small recreational vessels that follow out the whale watch boats. While we strongly advise against this, if you won’t heed our warning, please use extreme caution around whales. If you aren’t fully aware of what to look for to know where and when these whales will surface, you are risking either hitting them with your vessel or disturbing their behavior. The safest thing to do for our marine life is go out with a reputable whale watch. Whether it’s ours or another, all we care about is protecting our local marine life 🤍🐋 Humpbacks observed include: 3.14SpiritNileSpellSprinklesFrecklesAzrealCrownAbyss*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. 🎥 Video by: Kali Palmeron 7/20/24..#hyanniswhalewatcher #whalewatch #whales #travel #humpbackwhales #vacation #ocean #animals #bubblenetfeeding #bubblefeeding #whalewatching #savethewhales #wildlife #capecod #stellwagenbank #newengland #humpback #baleen #stellwagen #whalewatcher ... See MoreSee Less
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7/19/24:Humpback whales belong under the classification of rorquals. Rorquals are whales that have folds of skin running from their chins to halfway down their bodies. Those folds of skin expand like an accordion does to allow the whales to take extra large mouthfuls of fish and water! You can see the rorqual pleats in the fist photo in their regular state, not expanded. In the other photos you can see how distended the mouth gets thanks to those expanded pleats when getting mouthfuls of fish! 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: Derek Baradgie#humpbackwhale #whalewatcher #hyanniswhalewatcher #stellwagen #whalewatching #capecod #whalewatch #humpbackwhales ... See MoreSee Less
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