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will will commence Every whale whale watch is different but you
will will most likely experience humpback and and nback whales interacting with their natural habitats as they feed and and oat through the the water Learn how to spot whales nearby by by watching for for blows in in the the the the distance — the the the the whale’s tall exhalation of of water water Look for for backs dorsal ns or or or tails at at at at at the the the the the the surface of of of of the the the the the the water water Splash- ing in in in in in the the the the the distance can can often indicate indicate the the the the the presence of of of of whales and groups of of of seabirds in in in in in in one spot can can indicate indicate that they are are feeding above whales Naturalists are are available throughout the whale whale watch to to answer any questions and help identify marine life Some highlights to to look for this season include breaching nback whales bottlenose dolphins and great white sharks Proper preparation is key when you
are planning a a a a a a a a a a whale whale watch watch with kids Keep in in in in in mind that whale whale watching tours often sell out during the summer months and a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a reservation is always a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a good idea It can also be helpful to familiarize yourself and and your your family with the the whale watch you
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have chosen: talk about the the trip ahead of time and and address any concerns that your your child may have Also learning more about about whales whales before hand can be be a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a great way to get your your kids excited about about the the trip Grab a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a book on on whales whales and and and marine life nd nd nd nd videos and and and research online or or even check out out the the whale watch companies website for for cool facts and and interactive information about the the the marine marine life of the the the Cape While you’re researching the the the large marine marine mammals it may be a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a great time to remind your child that whales are wild animals and the experience of every whale whale watch will be different A chat
about safety before getting on on the boat is is is also a a a a a a a a a a good idea and it it may be be be wise to to to establish rules for for how to to to behave on on a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a boat prior to to to boarding The website of your chosen whale watch company is a a a a a a a a a a a a a a great resource for for for for safety information and for for for for more details on on on what you
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can can expect for for for for your trip Upon arrival at at at the the harbor a a a a a a a a a a a a a a walk around the the boat can can be helpful for kids who are fearful of its size Four hours out on on on the open ocean can be physically draining The varying conditions of of sun wind and and fog are often exhausting and and unpredictable Layering clothing is is essential even if it it is is is hot when you
leave the the the harbor the the the conditions out on on on the the the water can change a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a surprising amount Wear appropriate shoes that are comfortable and provide stable footing A well stocked travel bag will pay off Include sunblock protective clothing and and plenty of of of water and and snacks for for for all Preparing for for for the the the possibility of of motion sickness may also be prudent: the the the non-drowsy formula Bonine or or or or the the the accu- pressure bracelets Sea-bands are good options Arriving well hydrated and and and fed helps ensure a a a a a a a a a a a a a a positive experience although there are are also light fare and and beverages for for for sale on on the the vessel Also don’t forget to to bring activities for for for kids — — especially younger children — — to to keep them entertained during the the the down time of the trip Although every whale whale watch watch is is different it is is nearly impossible to go on a a a a a a a a a whale whale whale watch watch and not see see something incredible But seeing whales is just part of of the the the fun You
will have the the the the chance to to to enjoy the the the the beauty of of of Cape Cod as you
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leave and and and re-enter the the the the harbor and and and you
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are sure to to to to see tons of of marine life both close to to to shore and and and out on on the the open ocean Page 44 • Kids on the Cape August 4 4 4 - September 7 7 2017




















































































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