Whale Watching in Gloucester and Rockport, MA
Cape Ann certainly has an incredible number of treasures to explore on land. Its beautiful beaches, trails, quarries, shops, restaurants, galleries and museums all make it a peaceful and relaxing getaway.
But, perhaps, the best way to experience Cape Ann is getting out on the Atlantic Ocean. One of our Rockport Inn guests favorite activities is whale watching, and the whale watching in the Rockport and Gloucester, MA area is truly second to none.
That’s why we’ve decided to partner with Cape Ann Whale Watch to put together a special package.
Guests of Addison Choate who are interested in a Gloucester Whale Watch will have the opportunity to save 20% Off their next whale watching excursion.
Our team proudly partners with a number of dynamic local business owners to offer a variety of discounts and packages to our guests. We think its a fantastic way to strengthen the Cape Ann community and improve the experience for all who visit the special spot that we call home.
In line with that ethos, Addison Choate is proud to partner with Captain Jim Douglass and Cape Ann Whale Watch to offer our guests a special whale watch discount.
To take advantage of this offer, just add the whale watch package on when you book your room. We would recommend booking the package when you book your room so that we can reserve your spot on the boat ahead of time.
If you are making a reservation by phone, just let us know that you are interested in the package and we will coordinate everything for you.
There are two trips each day, one leaves at 8:30am and the other leaves at 1:30pm and they can book up fast!
So enjoy your stay with us here at Addison Choate and enjoy a fantastic whale watching journey with Cape Ann Whale Watch. Let’s take a closer look at what you will see on your whale watching journey.
What will you see on a Gloucester Whale Watch? The 3 most common whale species you will find off the coast of Gloucester and Rockport are the Humpback whale, Minke whale, and Finback whale. Let’s start off this journey by delving a little more deeply into the Humpback whale!
The Humpback Whale
The Humpback whale is one of the largest mammals on planet earth with males growing as long as 50 feet and weighing up to 44 tons. In fact, the baby calves are already 14 feet when they are born. Pretty amazing!
Humpback Whales are what are known as Baleen Whales. Instead of teeth, they have bristly baleen plates which they use to collect krill, plankton and other small fish. Other members of the baleen family include blue whales, fin whales and minke whales.
Previously endangered, it is believed that there are now over 80,000 humpback whales worldwide. They are impressive travelers and are known to migrate thousands of miles each year from their feeding grounds to warmer mating waters.
When you are on your Gloucester whale watch you will see these powerful creatures breach the surface with as much as 90% of their body above the plane. You will also see their tails/flukes breach the surface as the dive down in the waters.
If you are really lucky, you will get to see their incredible hunting technique: bubble net fishing. When bubble net fishing, whales will actually blow a circle of bubbles around their prey to disorient them and herd them into a tight formation. Pretty impressive stuff!
A smaller member of the baleen whale family is the Minke whale. Weighing in at a mere 14 tons, this “smaller” whale lives about 50 years and feeds on krill and small fish.
The Minke whale is a little bit harder to spot than the humpback because their tales/flukes do not come out of the water when they dive. So, the best way to spot the Minke is when it breaches the water.
Like the humpback, the Minke uses its 300+ baleen plates to sift through and filter out the food from the large intake of seawater. This is another whale that you will likely see on your excursion.
The Finback Whale
Perhaps the unsung hero of Cape Ann Whale Watches, the Finback (also known as the fin) is the second largest whale on the planet, behind the blue whale.
The Finback can actually grow to 70 feet long and weigh upwards of 70 tons. Despite that massive size, they are actually very efficient and powerful swimmers earning them the nickname: “the greyhound of the sea.”
In addition to the Humpback, Minke, and Finback, you may also come across other nautical species such as dolphins, porpoises, right whales, sharks, sea turtles and, if you are really lucky, you may even come across a Sperm whale, or Blue whale.
With such an incredible abundance of sea life, it’s no wonder that Cape Ann has been named Boston’s Best place for whale watching!
When you book a whale watch with Cape Ann Whale Watch you will set sail on the Hurricane II. A large and powerful vessel that is the fastest and most luxurious in the state.
The Hurricane II and Captain Jim Douglass will whisk you away from Gloucester harbor 25 miles out to Stellwagen Bank, where you are 100% guaranteed to see a whale on every trip.
The ship is staffed with naturalists who will provide you the play by play and give you background and details on all of the wildlife that you encounter on the journey.
If you get cold or hungry, not to worry. The Hurricane II has a heated cabin that serves snacks, hot meals, drinks and even has a bar that is stocked with local beer, wine and mixed drinks. \
So on your next trip to our Rockport Inn, we would encourage you to consider an adventure on the sea with Cape Ann Whale Watch!