Whale Watches

Have you ever been on a whale watch?   Maine offers one of the greatest places in the world for this amazing experience.   Many species of whales can be viewed on the coast of Maine including Humpback, Finback, and Minke whales.  They migrate to feeding grounds to feast on mackerel, herring, krill and other fish. It is unbelievable to witness the world’s largest creatures feeding or playing right in front of you.  If you are fortunate, you may view the dramatic Humpback whales jumping right in front of the boat. 

In Boothbay Harbor, Maine you can experience this fantastic excursion at Boothbay Whale Watch on the Harbor Princess boat.  This outing will take about 4 hours.  The Harbor Princess is a 100 feet long and 24 feet wide that will accommodate 149 passengers.  The boat allows great viewing from all sides.  You even have a choice of being out in the fresh air or in the heated cabin. Your tour begins with a scenic tour of Boothbay Harbor.  The naturalist on board will identify the sights along your journey out to sea.

The whales that have been seen are the Finback, Humpback, and Minke whales.   The Finback is a long, thin whale with a sickle dorsal fin that can be up to 80 feet long.  It rarely shows its tail before diving.  The Humpback is stocky with a rounded dorsal fin that can be up to 50 feet long.  Before a deep dive, it will show its tail.  The Minke is a small, thin whale with a hooked dorsal fin that can be 30 feet long. It rarely shows its tail before diving.  In addition, you can view other ocean creatures like dolphins, porpoises, sunfish, basking shark, harbor seals and different birds.

The schedule for whale watching begins in late May and concludes in early October.  The cost for the trip is $48 for adults, $32 for juniors (ages 11-16), $25 for children (ages 6-10) and free for children under 5 years.  If the whales decide not to make an appearance, then you will receive a voucher for another trip which does not expire.  For more information, you can visit http://www.whaleme.com on the web or call 1-888-WHALEME.

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Photo credits: Terry Howard

If you are interested in seeing whales and other ocean animals in their natural habitat, then a whale watch is for you.  Remember to bring warm clothing as it can be a little cooler out on the water.  Don’t forget a camera as well. 

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