By Sarah Shemkus
Perhaps the most awe-inspiring experience possible along the New England coastline is the sight of a powerful whale leaping from the waves just a few yards away from where you’re standing. This is precisely what a Provincetown Dolphin Fleet whale watch delivers.
The widely acclaimed whale watching line prides itself on its educational, environmentally friendly philosophy: its goal is not merely to show off the region’s sea life but to help nurture connections between passengers and the natural world. Trained naturalists, who discuss whale biology and behavior, staff the three- to four-hour round-trip expeditions between Provincetown and the Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary. Humpback whales are a common sight, and if you’re lucky there might even be some playful and curious newborn calves.
Trips run from April through October, with as many as 10 departures per day during the peak summer season. The fleet’s four ships are in constant communication, helping each other find the best whale sightings.