Subject: WHale watching and humpbacks (fwd)

Mike Williamson (
Tue, 16 Jun 1998 22:56:53 -0400 (EDT)

                      J. Michael Williamson
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Date: Tue, 16 Jun 1998 06:46:40 -0400 (EDT)
From: Courtney Stirling Casey <>
To: Patty Feeney <>
Subject: WHale watching and humpbacks

	Before I suggest some times of the year that are better than
others for sighting humpbacks I should say that whales are migratory
animals following food sources. So, in one year humpbacks could begin to
arrive off the New England coast in April, and the next year a little
later or earlier. Also, in past years it has seemed that the 'feeding
grounds' which these whales swim thousands of miles to reach have moved a
bit north - off the coast of NH rather than Massachusetts, though whales
are still routinely sighted on Stelwagen Bank (in MA). Now, having
said that, early summer is a good time to see humpbacks and no time during
the day is better than any other. Give some of the whale watching
companies a call and ask how their sightings have been a few weeks before
your planned trip. Hope this helps.


Courtney Stirling Casey
Department of Animal and Avian Sciences
University of Maryland, College Park

On Mon, 15 Jun 1998, Patty Feeney wrote:

> Date: Mon, 15 Jun 1998 19:14:57 +0000
> From: Patty Feeney <>
> To:,
> Subject: Migration of Humpbacks in the Atlantic
> My husband is trying to organize a family trip to see Humback Whales in
> the Atlantic next summer.  We would like to see humpback Whales.  When
> would the best times of the year to go to Cape Cod to see them?  What is
> the best time of the day to go out in a boat to see the most activity?
> Patty Feeney