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Cape Cod Whale Watching

The Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary is at the mouth of Massachusetts Bay and considered one of the best whale watching spots in the world. Whale watching is a great excursion for everyone - including kids ! To experience whales in their natural environment is something you’ll never forget. If you’re lucky, you might also see a group of Atlantic white-sided dolphins (distinguished by white and yellow bands) - riding alongside your boat, playfully jumping !

Which whales might you see ?

Humpbacks: The most commonly seen whale, characterized by their size (up to 45 feet), long flippers, expansive blows, breaching (leaping out of the water), flipper slaps and tail slaps.

Finbacks:  Second in size only to the blue whale - up to 75 feet !

Minkes: Smallest of the great whales and often seen in the Sanctuary. Less showey than humpbacks with distinctive white patches (sometimes called "bandages") on their flippers.

Other Sightings:  In the Sanctuary, you may also see harbor porpoises, pilot whales, northern right whales (the most endangered great whale), Sei Whales, B Slue Whales or sperm Whales and lastly, Beluga Whales.

To find out more about whale species and behaviors, visit the free Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary center at 205 Commercial Street, Provincetown.


Whale Watching Companies

Dolphin Fleet
Provincetown, 800-826-9300

Hyannis Whale Watcher
Hyannis, 888-942-5392