November 8, 2006
Wow! What an experience! If you do not do anything else, do not miss this tour! When coming to Boston, we discovered we were at the last part of whale season. As part of our Go Card (www.gobostoncard.com) benefits we had tickets with the Mass Bay lines to go on a 3 hour whale watching expedition. The company's website is www.massbaylines.com/whalewatch/default.html
Since the whale watching company offers a guarantee that you will see whales or they will provide you with a free pass this was something that I just couldn't pass up. My friend and I hurriedly made our reservations for the next day and went out on the noon boat. The boat was actually run by a group of whale researchers, which was awesome. During our journey out to the feeding grounds we passed by traditional light houses, rock jetties, and the USS Constitution, or Old Ironsides. With the wind whipping our hair, we looked a fright, but were having a blast!
When we reached the feeding grounds we were not disappointed. Right away we were given a show as an adult humpback whale called Compass made an appearance. We watched as Compass and another adult played and swam through the bluegreen waters. After watching the whales play for about 10-15 minutes we moved on to a different section of the feeding grounds where we encountered two calves playing. It was awesome to watch them breach the surface and to fold back into the water with just a flipper remaining.
We then wound around to a different portion and saw a mother with a small calf playing, which was truly awesome. In addition to all the humpback whales, we also were treated to a school of white striped dolphin. I felt like it was a scene out of a movie, a school of 20-30 dolphins rode the wake of our boat jumping and swimming beside us. It was really a unique experience.
This was truly the highlight of my trip. I am so glad that we decided to go. As I previously stated our tickets were included with our GoBoston Card, but tickets can be purchased for about $32 at the Whale stand at the Aquarium. You can't miss it... it has a giant whale sign positioned above it.
In addition, don't forget a jacket and your camera if you chose to head out to view the whales. I was very thankful I had my jacket when the wind started whipping and I was able to get some pictures of the whales though they are very far away. The researchers do sell a CD of the whales that are seen on each excursion which is amazing for $20, so if you can't get pics you can always order the CD. Also, don't forget to grab something to eat prior to heading out on the boat. While the boat sells hotdogs, sandwiches, etc I felt they were a little overpriced.
Overall, this was an unbelievable experience and something not to be missed!
From journal A Historic Visit on Labor Day Weekend