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The slow retreat of massive Ice Age glaciers formed what is today the seafloor of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. At the mouth of Massachusetts Bay and centrally-located in the sanctuary is the sand and gravel plateau that gives the...more
This was a great experience and there were an abundance of whales to view! At one point, three were 2 whales to the right of boat, 2 to the left of boat and 2 directly in front of boat. They were diving and waving flippers...More
Whether you go on one of the whale watch boats or are able to take a ride on a private boat...don't miss the opportunity to see the whales here at Stellwagen Bank. In all the years that we have gone, we have had a different...More
The Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary is a massive 845 square mile in Federal waters off the coast of Massachusetts from Gloucester to Cape Cod. It is a feeding area for tuna and large fish and a feeding playground for whales. About one and a...More
The one & half hour boat ride to this Marine Sanctuary is really worth the ride when one gets to see Whales so closeby. We are told that most of the time one is able to view Whales here & the Sanctuary Experts & the...More
Because of poor weather conditions, it took several tries from two locations to get this in, but it was well worth it. We ended up on a successful expedition out of Boston with the NE Aquarium. The seas were quite rough to start, but the...More
The Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary headquarters is located in Scituate and has scheduled open houses, events and workshops open to the public. The sanctuary itself is over 800 square miles and is about 11 miles from Scituate. It is the best location for whale...More
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Visits to the sanctuary are usually made via whale watching vessels that depart from Provincetown, Barnstable, Plymouth, Boston, Gloucester and Newburyport. Most whale watch companies operate from May through October. Trips... More
Visits to the sanctuary are usually made via whale watching vessels that depart from Provincetown, Barnstable, Plymouth, Boston, Gloucester and Newburyport. Most whale watch companies operate from May through October. Trips generally last about 3-4 hours; some companies offer multiple trips during the day. Companies that participate in our WhaleSENSE program are listed online, and additional information about whale watch companies can also be found via the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism.
Fishing trips can also be booked via one of the licensed charter fishing boats in the region; (related information can be found via the Stellwagen Bank Charter Boat Association).