Cape Cod Massachusetts is a beautiful place. It’s full of charm, great restaurants and an ocean view you can beat. And if you’re looking for a little wildlife adventure, you can see an amazing amount of wildlife.
Charter boats are available to rent for a few hours or for the day. The two biggest ports are in Provincetown at MacMillan Wharf and in Barnstable Harbor. However, there are many other smaller harbors on the Cape that also charter boats for expeditions.
What you can see
The animals that migrate through the Cape vary depending on the season. Spring to fall it is common to see Humpback, Fin, and Minke Whales. Fin Whales are the largest and most abundant whales in New England’s waters. They reach 70 feet in length and weigh up to 50 tons.
You can also see:
* Northern Right Whales (though it’s uncommon to see them in the spring)
* Sei Whales
* White-sided Dolphins
* Right Whales
And if your trip extends to Hydrographer Canyon, you can see:
* Risso’s Dolphins
* Sperm Whales
* Short-finned Pilot Whales
* Common Dolphins
* Bottlenose Dolphins
* Beaked whales
What to wear and bring on your whale watching trip
Even on a summer day it can get cold on the ocean. Dress more warmly than you think you should dress. Layers work best so you can remove items if you’re too warm. Make sure your top layer is a water-resistant windbreaker for maximum comfort. Wear comfortable non-slip shoes so you can retain your footing on the boat even if the floor is a bit wet.
* A hat
* Camera or video recorder
* Food and drink – check to see if your charter provides this
* Motion sickness preventative
While you can’t choose the weather, it’s generally better to plan your trip for early in the day. The waters are usually calmer and you may be able to see more. Additionally, if you’re taking an all-day excursion, you’ll want to plan ahead.
The ocean is teeming with marine life and just outside of Cape Cod you can see amazing creatures. Spending a morning or a day catching glimpses of whales and dolphins and getting up close to them is exciting and rewarding. It’s a trip you and your family are sure to remember for the rest of your life.