Monday July 13

“Fin”tastic Monday

What a perfect way to start your Monday,  spending time with not one but 4 Finback whales and a Minke whale.  Our first sighting was our Minke just 2-3 miles from shore, it popped up and actually surprised us, though it had other plans in mind we did see it for a few surfacing.

The stars of the day were our fin whales, all 4 “enormous” in size and grace.  Most were in about 450 feet of water with bait relatively close in the water column  which meant feeding and time below.

Today was also a bird trip aboard one of our other vessels, The Captains Lady II, with Dave Larson from The Joppa Flats Audubon Society.  Both whale watch and bird trip were completed with great sea conditions and sightings.  We have 2 more bird trips on the schedule, Monday August 10, and Monday September 14 from 9 am to 3 pm.

Whale watching is full steam ahead, everyday Monday through Thursday 10 am to 2 pm, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 2 trips, 8:30 and 1:30.  Keep in touch on our sightings page and facebook!

We look forward to seeing you soon.


Thursday July 9

Today felt like a early fall day, a bit of a chill in the air but that was soon replaced by some sun and hot conditions back in Newburyport.

Each and EVERY day we are asked the same questions, what are we going to see today?  Where are the Humpback whales?  The answer to question number 1 is “I will let you know at the end of the trip” (I mean no disrespect or sarcasm)  The answer to question number 2 is at the moment some are 40 plus miles north, others are south of Provincetown, MA.

Don’t think just because at the moment humpbacks are all spread out that there isn’t  other whales  all sorts of other fish, marine life, birds, and even sharks in the area!  The reality of being in nature is the unknown.

We did traveled between 23 to 24 miles today (remember most whales do prefer deep water.)  Our patience and that of our passenger did pay off.  It seemed like out of no where a mother/calf pair of Finback whales made an appearance.  Most fin whales are given numbers instead of names, today’s mom was # 9709.  What made the day very interesting for me was we saw this female a year ago yesterday!  We we ALL very excited to see her and her new 2015 calf.  We also found a Minke whale close to the Merrimack River mouth from the keen eyes of some of our passengers from Epping, NH, thank you folks!

Continue to check our sightings page and FACEBOOK PAGE for photo’s of each trip.

Thank you for joining us at Newburyport Whale Watch, as always it was a pleasure having you onboard!


Monday July 6

4 Species day today.

Toda’s trip only took us 14 miles from Newburyport which doesn’t happen often but when it does it leaves us lots of time to explore and spend time with not only whales but other interesting fish and sharks!

I wish I could post we saw a Great White today but “2″ huge Basking Sharks was even better.  I can’t recall ever seeing 2 together in such close proximity of each other, ANOTHER great shark encounter.

Also in the same general area were at least Minke whales in every direction, Harbor Seals, and a Mola mola (ocean sunfish.)

Sea conditions were perfect and we had a refreshing cool breeze keeping us very comfortable.

Thank you to our passenger and friend Robert (any Captain Chris) for removing yet another mylar balloon from the water!  The amount of debris we have been seeing on our trips has been out of control.  As we were scanning the horizon what we thought were sightings of life turned out to be balloons and other debris.  Please think of marine life, turtles, birds, etc when you think of purchasing balloons, they are so dangerous in the marine environment!

Hot conditions are the forecast for the week, its always cooler on the water, enjoy great sightings and and cool conditions with us!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Keep up to date on daily photo’s on our Facebook page!


4th of July Weekend!

Happy 4th of July!


We dealt with a little bit of overcast conditions on Saturday, but a few clouds have never slowed us down! Saturday morning’s trip we started with a few minke whales before we managed to track down Sedge the humpback whale. Sedge has been hanging around Jeffreys Ledge the past few weeks but moving around quite a bit making it difficult to relocate him. The afternoon trip we weren’t able to relocated Sedge but we did have some good minke whales, an ocean sunfish (Mola mola) and another special fish sighting: a shark! At first we thought it was a basking shark, but as we approached we realized it was actually a toothed shark. We aren’t 100% positive on the species as the overcast conditions made the glare a little tricky to see through but we think it may have been a Mako Shark or a Porbeagle! Either way a rare but very cool sighting!

Sunday morning’s trip the sun was back out and nice and warm. After a few difficult minke whales we found an area with 3 very cooperative minke whales that we got excellent looks at. On our afternoon trip we took a chance on a report and booked it farther East. In our travels we came across a minke whale, and after coming up short on the report found an ocean sunfish! We finished the day with some time with a huge fin whale that we got excellent close looks at before we had to head home.

Check our Facebook page for photos from this weekend, we are going to start updating our page with sightings and photos more often.


Our 8:30 trip was just perfect when you talk about conditions to see and spend time with whales.  Morning trips are so quiet in the river and off shore.  Boat traffic is slow and conditions lately have been glass like.

We spent time with a familiar Minke whale, “Scar Minke”  this name has been given to this whale only by local whale watching vessels, sadly it does bare a large scar.  This whale was in 200 feet of water with bait at about 50 feet down in the water column, each breathe it exhaled all of us were witness to the 900 lbs of prey they take in each day!  Minke breathe is quite strong smelling, but when are you close enought to witness the  smell and also see them close by swimming freely is so calming,

Wew saw in total 6-8 minkes,keeping us on toes as we attemptred to get looks at all the specied we had todsy.  Almost out of time we found :Sedge”the male  humpnack whale  he was hungry searchinh for food even.

Our afternoon trip we continurd t see several minkes , and finding Sedge once again, freeding and also sowing evidencemog feeding,  We did see s vary largr Blue Fin Tuna jump clear out of the water, and a MolaMola sataying very cloce by, we decieded to name  it Hailey.

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Thursday July 2


Another wonderful day of watching whales in The Gulf of Maine.  It really is amazing how quickly reports change and of course where whales are located day to day, hour to hour.  Today we had “Sedge” the humpback whale all to our selves!  We weren’t certain how our looks would be like as he was down for any where from 4-6.5 minutes, come up take a few big breathe’s, show us his enormous tail and then down he went.  When he reapperared for air he had moved a bit away but as time passed he began to stay closer by and stay up longer, even popping up next to us as we watched him go right under the boat!

Whales will be were there tends to be large, and even small concentrations of food.  Some bait is on the bottom, some close to the surface, either way when it dries up they move along to find more.  Just 2 days ago “Sedge”  was 25 miles from his location today!  It’s all about large consumptions of food during the summer months.

During our travels today we did spot a very shy Minke whale who had plans for the day, and his plans did not include spending any time with us.


“Sedge” the Humpback

It is a big holiday week end and we are running trips Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 8:30 and again at 1:30.  Be certain to leave plenty of time, with so many folks in town for the holiday.  The weather looks great, not tot hot but always remember to dress in layers, the temp can drop 15-20 degrees.

Who or what will we see tomorrow/, Saturday?, and Sunday??  Join us and lets find out together.  Call now for a reservation.

See you soon!





Saturday June 27 8:30 & 1:30 trips

Best day of watching whales so far this season!

Our morning trip was so peaceful, light breeze, not a lot of boat activity, and sea conditions we dream about.


Our morning Minke enjoying a peaceful morning



Our first Minke sighting was only 7 miles from shore which gave us plenty of time to talk about these “smaller”  whales who don’t always get a lot of attention.  As I have said before they are one of my favorite species.  They dart all around, pop up when you least expect it, and show there pointy heads when they come up, just love them!  In total we had 3 Minke whales, 2 of which were very cooperative, the 3rd sighting was traveling and we never got really close looks.

The afternoon trip could not have been more different!  Many folks ask “when is the best time to see whales?  The honest answer is I’ll let you know in October!  Today was a PERFECT example of how sightings change even in just a matter of hours!

Captain Chris decided to head to the same area we were on our morning trip, keeping fingers crossed we hoped to see our minkes again, but really hoped to see some there species too!  A great decision by our captain and calls from our other whale watching friends.


Our first Fin whale of the day

The above fin whales dorsal fin is obviously not normal.  Many fin whales have nicks, scars, parts of the dorsal missing. Whales are are the top of the food chain and have a important role in the over all health of the marine environment.  Unfortunately they are highly vulnerable to human activities in the ocean.


So happy to see a “baby” whale today!

It wasn’t just any “baby”  whale it was “Comet’s”  new 2015 calf!  “Comet” is a very familiar Finback whale.  She was first seen in 1997, making her about 18 years old.  This calf makes # 2 for Comet!  This new calf was so much fun to watch!  It would swim all around us, roll over, ever showing us its tail!  Not something we often see!


The stark white belly of our baby fin whale, glowing green  against our plankton rich waters



“Comet” and calf

Our amazing day ended with mom and calf in close contact with each other, heading off to only they know where!

Each day we leave the dock with passengers it allows us to collect data on our Gulf of Maine whales, share our data, which in turn becomes a very important tool to help protect and conserve these incredible marine mammals, with out all of you so much important information would not be collected!

On behalf of all the whales in the Gulf of Maine



Friday June 26 1:30

Whales today had traveled over 10 miles since yesterday making finding them a bit more difficult. As I always say patience pays off.  Our first whale was a very fast minke whale who only came up for 2 breathes, making  a lot of white water doing so then then disappearing below the surface.  We tried our best to wait but in the mean time a report came in about a fin whale mom/calf pairDSC_0258DSC_0165

Mom was keeping her calf under wraps and mostly out of sight, but mom was cooperating very nicely, just making circlers around us and the area.  At one point she was heading right at us on our starboard side giving us looks at her straight on!  Not a approach we see often, it sure to my breathe away!


Each day brings new and exciting sightings, we never know what each day holds for us, no matter what its never a dull moment, where they will be, how many, how far we go?  its all part of the ride into a whales world.  It could be one whale or 20 they continue to capture my thoughts and my enthusiasm to do the best I can do to educate and pass on knowledge to keep all marine mammals safe and respected.

Thank you for joining us today!


Thursday June 25


“Pinball” exhaling and enjoying the glass like conditions.

Mother nature has been on our side the last few days, with the exception of Tuesdays crazy weather!  Today conditions were near perfect.  Our first sighting of the day, the largest boney fish in the world, the Mola mola.


Close to boat Mola mola.

Our next stop on our journey was another day with “Pinball”.  She is a beautiful 26 year old who has contributed to our North Atlantic population with 6 calves to date.  Her appetite has been ferocious!  Humpback whales in the North Atlantic fast during the winter months.  When they arrive in The Gulf of Maine it is a feeding frenzy!


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“Pinball” and her unique tail pattern

balloonDuring most of our whale watching trips, I would say daily we see some form of marine debris.  Marine debris is a HUGE problem in all the worlds oceans.  Being a part of WHALE SENSE we are committed to following guide lines set by NOAA in partnership with Whale Dolphin Conservation.  When conditions allow us to retrieve items from the ocean we do our best to do so (keeping crew and passengers save does come first.)  Today another mylar balloon very close by were “Pinball” was feeding!  Thankfully Captain Chris turned around and allowed Amy to get the balloon and string out of harms way!



Some familiar faces onboard today, passengers from London and all other parts of the world spent the day with us to see the wonders of the open ocean.  Passengers buying a tickets to whale watch shows the importance of these animals, we no longer to we seek to hunt but to observe and to educate, teach conservation,and health status.  “Gulf of Maine whales are the most documented whales in the world”- (Regina-Asmutis-Silva WDC N. America Executive Director)

Thank you to everyone who joined us today,remember to pop those balloons and dispose of them properly!