Whale watching is one of the most exciting types of cruises on the ocean as there is a mostly unknown destination. Just being on the ocean on a ship is exciting, but having an experienced crew trying to locate whales adds greatly to the experience!
You don’t always get to see the whales as they are not trained whales. Whales are wild in our oceans and they are not there for us humans, we enter their world when we go looking for them and they get to decide if we get to see them or not. It is best to not expect to see the whales when you go out, go out on the cruise for the sake of the cruise and leave your expectations on the dock. This will give you the best experience, whether or not you see the whales. Make no mistake about it, these whale watching crews work very hard to find the whales! They use many of their senses to find the whales; vision, hearing, and yes even smell! If the crew does find the whales most likely they had gone back to the same areas they found the whales recently or had communicated with other whale watching crews. These crews do share information between each other about the location of the whales whenever possible.
If you have never been on a whale watch be sure to add this to your bucket list! If you don’t see whales on the first trip, go again!
You can find whale watching cruises at just about any harbor in New England: In New Hampshire: Rye Harbor, Portsmouth Harbor, Hampton Harbor. In Massachusetts the most common is Boston Harbor and Gloucester Harbor, but there are many other in Massachusetts. In Maine there are also many whale watching fleets all over the state including Bar Harbor, Booth Bay Harbor, Portland and Kennebunk Maine.
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