Sunday, 17 May 2009

A whale of a time on Cape Cod

While dolphins are a common sight along the Devon coastline whales are a rarer occurence, although several species do appear from time to time.

But for visitors to Cape Cod the local whales are a top attraction, and the whale-watching tours, accompanied by naturalist guides, are now well underway, as Brewster innkeepers Byron and Donna Cain write from their B&B Brewster by the Sea

“This past weekend one naturalist commented that the sightings were a dream come true seeing about two dozen humpback whales, over 150 Atlantic whitesided dolphins and a dozen finback whales all in one afternoon tour.”

It’s from Provincetown at the northern tip of Cape Cod rather than from Brewster that the daily whale-watching tours set out. Each tour includes information about the whales, marine life and habitat where tourists can also view lighthouses, beaches and the Stellwagen Marine Sanctuary.

It’s worth devoting a whole day of your Cape Cod holiday to this excursion say Byron and Donna Cain. “We recommend to our guests staying at our inn in Brewster to make this a complete day trip so that you can enjoy all that Provincetown has to offer as well as a special seafood lunch or dinner at the Lobster Pot where you are sure to enjoy the freshest seafood on Cape Cod.”

There are various whale-watching tour companies based in Provincetown. One of the best known is the Dolphin Fleet, which guarantees its customers that in the unlikely event of
no whale sightings, all paying passengers will receive a free ticket for a future trip! Photo credit: Byron Cain

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