Top Ten Places to Encounter Whales

Western Hemisphere: Cape Cod, Massachusetts

It's no coincidence that Moby Dick and much of America's historical whaling culture is centered in Cape Cod. Gone are the whalers, but the Cape is still considered the best place on the East Coast to watch whales, especially in spring and summer. It's all thanks to the Stellwagen Bank, which is a massive underwater plateau off the Cape's northern tip. Because of currents pushing down the coast from Nova Scotia, the bank is home to a rich food chain that makes it a three star feeding ground for whales.

You can pick up a boat in Provincetown, Plymouth, Barnstable, or even Boston.

Just the Facts

might see there: Northern right whale (rarest in the world) in April, humpbacks, minkes, fins, pilots

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