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It’s Time to Plan your 2019 Whale Watch!
Our Season opens Saturday, April 13th. Book your trip today.

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Don’t miss out. Whale watching season is fast approaching. Last season we saw whales on every trip and every trip was different. We saw humpback, finback and minke #whales, and at times, huge numbers of Atlantic white-sided dolphins. Seals and seabird sightings rounded out a true North Atlantic adventure. We’re excited to see what’s in store for this season.

Book now so you’re on board when our jet-powered, state of the art vessel Whale Watcher heads offshore to Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary for an unforgettable encounter with the whales.

The waters around Cape Cod consistently rank as one of the world’s top 10 whale watching destinations. With over thirty years experience and a sighting rate of 99%, Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises looks forward to providing you with the whale watching adventure of a lifetime!

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Whale Watch Gift Certificates

Whale Watch Gift Certificates

Looking for a unique gift for friends near or far? How about a gift certificate for a Whale Watching adventure out of picturesque Barnstable Harbor. The promise of adventure … the majesty of frolicking whales and dolphin … the exhilaration of sunshine and saltwater.

Plus our gift certificates are easy to order and a cinch to wrap! How could it get much better than this? Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises gift certificates are available in $53 (adults), $45 (seniors – 62+) and $33 (kids – 4 to 12) denominations. Order online now!



WhaleSENSE is a collaborative, voluntary program recognizing commercial whale watching companies committed to a higher standard of whale watching. Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises is committed to the principles of WhaleSENSE on all of our cruises. Our vessel operates in compliance with NOAA’s Northeast Whale Watching Guidelines and are active WhaleSENSE participants. Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises is a proud supporter of the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, the world’s most active charity dedicated to the conservation and welfare of all whales, dolphins and porpoises.

Best Of The Cape & Islands

Best of the Cape & Islands

Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises has been selected Best of the Cape & Islands – Land and Sea Excursions – Mid-Cape by Cape Cod Life magazine each year since 2014.

This is a readers’ choice award voted on annually by the magazine’s readers and subscribers. Cape Cod Life is the region’s premier lifestyle magazine showcasing the stunning natural beauty and historic charm of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket since 1979. Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises is proud to receive this award for another season!

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7 days ago

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We took off from Provincetown Municipal Airport this Saturday around 08:30 to slightly lumpy seas. We flew south to north, so our first track was line 16, which runs parallel to the Cape’s eastern shore. We have not sighted a right whale on the back side this season- until now. Barely 10 minutes into the survey a right whale was seen about 2 miles east of Lecount Hollow Beach in Wellfleet. This individual was new for our season: Sagamore (#1934), an adult female born in 1989, and who has not been documented with a calf in her 30 year life span. She is a semi-frequent visitor to Cape Cod Bay and we last saw her in 2017. She was heading north so we are looking forward to see if she will come into the bay or not.

After we finished circling Sagamore we finished that line and then began our tracks in the bay. We sighted our next right whales shortly after, about 3 miles north of Sandy Neck, and were busy for the remainder of the survey.
We saw a wide swath of right whale behavior, which added to the day’s excitement: a surface active group between adult female Lobster (#3232) and adult male #3989, a breach fest by adult male #3298, adult male #2904 feeding, and defecation by two individuals. Defecation demonstrates that the whales have been recently feeding, which is what we suspect based on dive patterns and plankton samples but still great to have confirmed.

One of the individuals observed defecating was none other than Calvin (#2223). Calvin is an adult female born in 1992 to Delilah. You may be familiar with Delilah because she is the whale from which the Center’s life size inflatable right whale is named after. Deliliah died after being struck by a ship in Bay of Fundy when Calvin was only about 8 months old, leaving her survival uncertain because of her young age at weaning. Fortunately, Calvin was resighted the following year, much to the delight of the right whale community. Despite having been entangled in gear at least twice in her 27 years of life she has been able to successfully give birth to at least three calves.

We documented 54 right whales in all, leaving a fair amount unphotographed because of short surfacings and long dives. We landed for the day around 16:15, and will be busy the next few days in the office matching the photographed individuals and preparing for our next flight.
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2 weeks ago

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The right whale season in Cape Cod Bay has begun! The aerial surveillance team spotted 45 right whales on Saturday, mostly on deep dives and feeding at the bottom of the water column. Even still, some animals were visible from the beach at Sandy Neck in Barnstable. Vessels and aircraft are required to stay 500 yards away from right whales, but sometimes they feed close to shore and you can catch a glimpse of these endangered animals. As the season progresses and the food resource moves to the surface, so do the right whales and it becomes easier to spot them from shore. In years past, shore-side whale watching has been possible off Manomet Point, Race Point and parts of Sandwich and Barnstable. We will continue to keep you posted about more opportunities to spot right whales from shore.
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3 weeks ago

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35 in the bay!RIGHT WHALE UPDATE!
The CCS Right Whale Aerial Survey team (Brigid and Amy in the plane, Alison in the lab) flew Cape Cod Bay on February 20 and sighted a total of 35 right whales. Some of the notable whales identified were Comet (#1514), Lobster (#3232), and Ergo (#1317).Read Amy's field notes below and see if you can tell which whale is which!
Many thanks to AvWatch pilots Craig O'Hearn and Bob Strakele for keeping everyone safe and on track.
Keep up with the right whale team at

"We surveyed Cape Cod Bay on Wednesday, Feb 20, flying north to south. Anticipation was at fever pitch because it had been two whole weeks since we were able to fly. The boat was out deploying acoustic buoys in the Bay on Sunday and we knew from the couple right whale sightings over the weekend that their behavior was consistent with what we saw on our flight two weeks ago. Right whales were still in the bay but going on deep dives.

With the animals being down for long periods of time, documenting them for the short time they are at the surface can be tricky. Couple that with our shorter day light this time of year, we have to choose how much time we’re going to devote to circling to re-sight an individual.

We took some extra time on the ground to work out a few logistics. This was our first flight in a couple of years where our primary pilot, Trevor, was not in the plane with us. We flew with Craig and Bob, two pilots that we have flown with on a regular basis but whom have never actually flown with each other. We, as observers, had to set their expectations to be the worst – lots of long dives necessitating a long time circling. Luckily, these two are consummate professionals and ready and willing to help us achieve our goals of finding, and photographing the maximum amount of right whales in a short period of time.

After taking off out of Provincetown, we had a quiet first couple of track lines, mostly just spotting a lot of vessel traffic. About a third of the way through the survey, we had our first blow. Unfortunately, by the time we made it over, the whale dove and we settled in to circle. While waiting for this animal we ended up finding three other whales nearby. We widened our circles to photograph those sighted on circle and found two females we have already seen in the Bay so far this season, #1706 and #4190. When the whale we first broke track for finally came up, it was with another whale, bringing our sighting total to 5. If we had missed the blow first seen from track, we would have passed right by these 5 animals!

We ended up finding a clump of whales in the middle part of the bay and another, wider spread aggregation to the south west side. Of these animals, 9 were whales already observed this season, and 16 were new. We had to leave 9 whales unphotographed as we were running out of daylight and fuel so who they were will remain a mystery.

Some of the notable new whales we had on Wednesday were Comet (#1514), Lobster (#3232), Ergo (#1317).

Comet, named for the scar on his back that looks like a comet flying through space, is an old male, first seen in 1985 by CCS in Cape Cod Bay. His exact age is unknown because he wasn’t seen as a calf. Lobster, newly named this past November, is a 17 yr old female. Her official name came from the nickname we gave her in when we were seeing her regularly the last three years. We called her ”lobster” because her callosity pattern in her bonnet looks like a lobster with two claws hanging on either side. Luckily, other members of the consortium voting on names could see it in the pattern too. Ergo is named for the three scars on his right shoulder that form a triangle. The formation is similar to the mathematical symbol that means “therefore,” or as one would say in Latin “ergo”. Ergo was first seen in Cape Cod Bay as a calf in 1983, making him 36 years old!
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