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Whale Watching with Kids
by Annie Heth
Whales from around the the the the the world spend their summers feeding in in in in the the the the the nutrient-rich waters of of the the the the the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Sitting at at at at the the the the the mouth of of the the the the Massachusetts Bay this fertile plateau is is is is the the the the reason why Cape Cod consistently makes the the the the the list of top ten ten whale watch destinations in in in in the the the the world During the the the the summer months the the the waters of this area are are lled with Humpback Finback and and and Minke whales in in in in in addition to to several dolphin species and and and tons of large and and and small sh The 2017 whale whale watching
season started out strong with a a a a a a a a a a a a surprise appearance of Sei whales — a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a once-in-a-decade sighting for Cape Cod’s waters Whether you spot a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a rare creature or or get to see the the the magni - - - - cent humpback whale whale breach out of of the the the the water a a a a a a a a a a a a a a whale whale watch is an an excellent way to experience the the the wonder of of Cape Cod’s marine life While whale whale behaviors cannot be be predicted they are often spectacular If embarking on on a a a a a a a a a a a a a a whale whale watch with kids seems daunting read on on on for for for some helpful tips for for for what you can expect on on a a a a a a a a a a a a whale whale watch watch and how to best prepare for for for a a a a a whale whale watch When whale whale watching
with kids knowing what to expect can greatly increase the the enjoyment of the the entire family Whale watching
tours generally last four hours hours which includes an an hour hour hour hour of of travel to to to get to to to the watch watch watch site two hours hours of of whale watching
and and a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a one hour hour hour trip back Trips are are led by by experienced captains and and are are are narrated by by expert naturalists who are are brimming with with information Leaving the the harbor the the whale watch will begin with with a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a naturalist presentation about safety and an an introduction into Cape Cod’s marine life These presentations are are lled with interesting facts about the the biolo- gy gy and and and geology of of the the area Hands on on on displays like baleen and and and whale whale teeth as as as well as as as audio recordings of of whale whale songs make the the presentations dynamic and entertaining for children as as as as as well as as as adults After an an an an hour hour of of travel the the boat will slow as as as it reaches Stellwagen Bank and two hours of of whale watching
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