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Cape Cod's Finest Whale Watching

It’s Time to Plan your Whale Watch!

The 2024 season is off to a fantastic start with numerous sightings of humpback, minke, and fin whales. Atlantic white sided dolphins were commonly seen in our first week and we’ve also spotted many gray seals. The first mom of the season for us was humpback whale Scylla, with her 3-4 month old calf close by her side.

We get excited not only by whales but all of the various species in the sea. A large and rather pale basking shark thrilled passengers on one trip and we’ve been observing schools of sand lance, herring, and even tuna just at the surface. As the weather turns warmer, it’s a great time of year to hop on the Whale Watcher and go for a boat ride!

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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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6/9/24: We still can’t get over our trip seeing humpback whales feeding on krill! We don’t see too much krill where we whale watch, but it was just close enough that we got to witness the unique style of slower-motion gulp feeding from Cat_Eyes, Wizard, Draco, Brine, and several others. 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#krill #krillin #humpbackwhale #lunchtime #onceinalifetime ... See MoreSee Less
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6/7/24: We cruised up Stellwagen Bank in patches of thick fog but remained undeterred, and the efforts paid off. We spent a bit of time with a minke before continuing on where we watched several humpbacks. Dross and Shuffleboard crisscrossed and fed amidst bubble clouds until it was time to head back. Deep in Cape Cod Bay, we found a small pod of common dolphins!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 #dolpins #ocean ... See MoreSee Less
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6/7/24: Another new baby! We watched Clamp and her calf travel steadily to the south after bouts of rain, fog, and viewing a small pod of dolphins. Mother humpbacks can lose up to 1/3 of their body weight after fasting all winter in the breeding grounds while nursing their calves. In the first photo, her shoulder blades are visible, and the barnacles on her fluke are pictured in the last. 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#baby #humpbackwhale #stellwagenbank #whalewatch ... See MoreSee Less
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