Seal & Whale Watching
The Monomoy Wildlife Refuge is a 2,750 acre preserve on Monomoy Island, a fragile 9 mile long barrier beach area actually composed of two islands south of Chatham. An important stop along the North Atlantic Flyway for migratory water fowl and shore birds, it provides nesting and resting grounds for 285 species. White tailed deer also live on the islands, and harbor and gray seals frequent its shores in the winter. Tours along the Monomoy Islands and South Beach give you a close up view of the harbor seal, gray seals and shore birds in their natural environment.
One of the joys of Cape Cod is the opportunity it affords for making trips to the whale feeding grounds at Stellwagen Bank, about 6 miles off the tip of Provincetown. The boat ride out into the open ocean is part of the pleasure, but the thrill is the whale sightings.
The special habitat we visit is the summer home to such species as the Humpback, Finback and Minke whales. The North Atlantic Right Whale is one of the most endangered species in the world, and may be seen in and around the waters of Provincetown and Cape Cod Bay. Toothed varieties such as Pilot whales, white-sided dolphins and harbor porpoise are often seen as well. These are just a few of the species you are apt to see on a whale watch trip.
There are two operators offering whale watch tours, with morning, afternoon or sunset sailings. The trips last between three and four hours and are worth every minute! Most whale watching tours depart from McMillan Pier in Provincetown. Tours are available April through October.