Whale Watching at Cape Cod
Humpback Whale feeding on small fish and plankton.
By Young Naturalist C – This summer I went on vacation to Cape Cod with my family and we decided to go on a Whale Watch on the Portuguese Princess. We started by waiting 20 minutes for the boat to take off towards the ocean. After a 1/2 hour boat ride we finally started seeing the whales and the on board educator was pointing out the whales using the clock system (“Whales at 9 o’clock”). We approached slowly as a few whales were feeding on small fish and plankton.
This is the other boat that was approaching the Humpback Whales.
We drifted towards a few more whales as they were spouting (breathing through blow holes) and logging (resting). We saw the whale’s fluking their tails out of the water on many occasions they would disappear underwater. I was happy that they had spent more time on the waters surface than they were underwater. Towards the end of the boat ride we did have one whale that breached (jumped) out of the water.
The on board educator told us about the different ways to identify the different whales. Salt was one of the Humpback Whale that has been visiting this area for many years. They named her Salt for the distinctive marks located on her dorsal fin and she has produced 10 calves over the many years that they have been following her.
The Humpback Whale on the left is named Salt.
My family had a wonderful vacation and I think that everyone should do a Whale Watch. We ended up finding around 7 different Humpbacked Whales the 1 1/2 hours that we were out in the ocean. We finally headed back to Provincetown which is where we started our adventure. I also suggest that anyone who heads out on a Whale Watch take some ginger for motion sickness but I didn’t like the taste of the candy ginger that I had.
This guest post was written and photographed by Young Naturalist C with a little help from Tom.