Cape Cod Dolphin Fleet / Whale Watching

credit Kim Hojackni

Whale watching is the ideal student travel attraction combining fun and learning. The Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch operates out of the port of Provincetown at the easternmost end of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Provincetown is already 40 miles out to sea and only eight miles from Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, an ancestral feeding ground for humpback whales and other large marine mammals, marine wildlife, and a variety of birds. The Dolphin Fleet Research and Education Department offers school tours an optional hour-long presentation prior to their whale watch, tailored to the grade level and expectations of each school group and provided by Dolphin Fleet naturalists.

The presentation on the water points out historic sights, such as lighthouses and the sites of abandoned settlements in the Cape Cod National Seashore. The naturalist draws the group’s attention to wildlife sightings as they appear, such as pelagic birds, which spend almost their entire life at sea and only come ashore to breed and nest. Sea turtles swimming in the current and seals hauled out on the desolate beaches are also valuable sightings. No whale watch is ever the same and students soon realize they need to scan the shore, sky and sea to see what’s going to happen next.

Whale watching is an opportunity of a lifetime, something that everyone should do at least once, and your group has the excellent chance in beautiful Cape Cod.