Boston Whale Watching
Boston is one of many departure points on the Massachusetts coast where one can catch what is almost certain to be an unforgettable whale watching cruise.
Massachusetts Bay is a favorite summer feeding ground for many species of North Atlantic whales. Deep sea canyons from where deep sea currents bring up nutrients combine with shallow waters created by submarine plateaus to form a rich marine ecosystem that can provide an abundance of food even for the very large number of whales that inhabit these waters for up to six months every year. This phenomenon is most pronounced in the 842-square-mile Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, which is the destination for nearly all whale watching cruises.
Because of the extremely high level of whale activity, sightings are guaranteed by many whale watching cruises that run during the primary whale watching season, which lasts from May through October.
The most common whales appearing in the
area are humpback whales, fin whales and minke whales. The Massachusetts
coastal waters are also one of the only places in the world to catch a
glimpse of the very endangered North Atlantic Right Whale, of which
researchers estimate a mere 350 exist today in the wild.