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Whale Watching Cruise from Boston
Boston Whale Watching
Enjoy a whale watching cruise in Boston, Massachusetts.
Our whale watching tour provides three hours of excitement and whale watching on our comfortable high-speed catamaran. We will get you to and from the whales in less time, which allows you more time to enjoy them.
All of our trips are narrated by professional researchers from the Whale Center of New England, the regions foremost authority on our whale population.
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Change Fee Policy: If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.
One of the whales you're likely to spot during a Boston Harbor Cruises Whale Watch is the humpback. These Northern hemisphere humpbacks reach an average length of 50 feet, and a weight of about 37 tons! Sadly, they're also among the most endangered, and it's estimated that only 8 percent of their original population remains.
The humpback got its name because of the way its back arches out of the water when getting ready to take a deep dive. "Megaptera" is its true scientific name, which means "large-winged", in reference to its long flippers.
Each Humpback has distinct black and white markings on its fluke (tail). Since no two flukes are alike, scientists use these markings to distinguish one humpback from another.
When humpbacks are leaping up into sight, we're sorry to say they're not doing it to put on a show for you. It's actually called "lunge feeding" - a method they use to plow through heavy areas of food with their mouths open wide and ready for catches. While you're taking pictures, they're dining on schooling fish like anchovies, cod and capelin.
Humpbacks are also famous for what we've come to know as their "singing". These mammals can put an opera singer to shame: they're capable of hitting octaves that include frequencies we humans can't pick up. Male humpbacks are the divas in this species, with songs lasting as long as a half hour - and then repeated with slight changes. While singing, the whale floats essentially motionless and head down in the water. The purpose of the song is believed related to mate attraction, and possibly male dominance/aggression behavior. Scientists also believe humpbacks communicate by slapping the water with their fins and tail flukes, which create noise and can be heard from far away under water.
Don't forget the camera, film and binoculars.
We have a galley serving food and beverages.
Wear comfortable shoes or sneakers.
Bring a sweater or jacket.
Remember sunscreen and sunglasses
Tour does not offer a hotel pick-up or drop-off. Child age is 3 to 11. Toddler age is 0 to 2. Please reserve online, or call us toll-free at 800-301-3239.
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