If you are under the impression that you could easily spot a whale that is 70 feet in length and weighs almost 65 tons, then you are mistaken. If your luck is not good, it may take hours to spot a whale. God forbid, if the whale decides to take a long dip it could vanish under water for an hour before you could spot it again. However, whale watching near Cape Cod would always ensure that you get to watch a few whales without fail, particularly in winter.
Did you know that whales have the largest brains in the world? Not a big deal perhaps, when the cetaceans have the distinction of being the largest mammals. However, how about these – females and infant whales live in social groups, the older female whales take care of the calves and the male whales are almost three times larger in size than the female whales. A whale watching tour guide in Cape Cod would tell you that the noise made by whales could be heard up to a distance of five miles. More such interesting information about whales would leave you wondering is there a connection between them and us!
Of all the adventures related to the seas, whale watching is the most unique one. The uniqueness of whale watching is that it’s a non-consumptive use of whales that has larger economic, recreational, educational and scientific dimensions. There is another factor that sets whale watching apart form other sea adventures. Deep sea diving, surfing and snorkeling doesn’t require the seawater to be much special. These adventures can be pursued almost on any sea. However, not whale watching. Nature decides where you can watch whales.
The prime reason tourists head for Cape Cod during winter is – to watch the whales that come to feed. ‘Shrimp like’ Krill is the favorite food of the Whales that breed in abundance in the Cape Cod Bay. Plankton, the food of whales that becomes accessible near the shorelines of Cape Cod because of the shallowness of water, attracts whales. This in turn attracts people to Cape Cod. A trip to Cape Cod therefore essentially remains incomplete if whale watching is not included. It’s akin to going to a pub that’s famous for cocktails and return with having only lemonade.
All the whale watching cruises head for Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. The sanctuary covers an area of 600 nautical miles, off the coast of Cape Cod. On a whale-watching trip in Cape Cod Bay, you may get to see Humpback, Finback, Minke, Right and Pilot Whales. Cruises start from Plymouth, Barnstable and Provincetown. Cruise rides may take four hrs to whole day depending from the starting harbor. Learned and professional marines biologists inform and educate the tourists about whales. The whales “breaching – leaping straight out of water”, “spyhopping – raising only their heads above the water as if to spy on something” and “sounding – executing a dive” are delightful scenes to watch.
The most valuable thing about whale watching is its potential to educate people about the need to protect the marine Eco system. Whale watching connects human beings to the marine mammals and prods them to understand and appreciate their need to be protected against extinction.
What can be more enjoyable and memorable then watching a whale spouting water through its nostrils and swimming past you, 100meters away from your Mississippi style paddlewheeler in the Cape Cod Bay? You may also end up being parents to a whale by adopting it for as little as $17 while Whale watching in Cape Cod.