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63 Rogers St Gloucester, MA 01930
63 Rogers StreetUSMassachusettsGloucester01930
(978) 283-17767seaswhalewatch.com
Whale Watching Tour AgencyToday 7AM–7PM
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7 Seas Whale Watch has been leading whale watching tours from Gloucester, MA since the spring of 1983. Over the course of our 31 years in business we have had the privilege of introducing thousands of people to whales that gather to feed off the coast of Massachusetts each year.

We're passionate about whales and the marine environment, and we believe that providing an inspiring experience with some of natures largest and most endangered creatures helps build awareness and respect for our ocean environment and these amazing animals.

We are family owned and operated and, of course, family friendly! Our goal is to make your time spent with us fun, educational, and something that you will remember forever. We take pride in our reputation for providing our customers with the best overall whale watching experience in the industry.

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"Smooth seas and more than half a dozen humpback whale sightings last Thursday!"
"Well organized, friendly and sea life advocates."
"These guys are really good with spotting whales, and know their feeding grounds."
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3 weeks ago
Great whale watch, we sailed Sunday June 26th on the 1:30 watch. The boat is meticulously maintained and clean. It's a fast, smooth boat ride allowing more time on the grounds and the hull design gets you close to the water on the lower deck. The boat is very well staffed, they are friendly and helpful. The guide was very verbal and knowledgeable. The amount of passengers they allow per sailing make for a pleasant cruise with an opportunity for everyone to be close to the action. I noticed other boats in the area during our cruise and people were packed in like sardines, the 7 Seas Privateer IV had enough rail space that no point of the boat was more than 2 people deep at any time. Highly recommended, while each watch can vary we were able to witness dozens of whales over a large area.
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Great experience. Lots of whale sightings. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Definitely worth it
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Dana Fischer
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Informative and exciting. Got to see 4 humpbacks. Three came right up from under our boat. Take anti-nausea med if you're prone to motion sickness.
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Michael S
9 months ago
Did not disappoint! We saw many humpbacks, a minke, and other assorted marine life close up while out with 7 Seas. We arrived with a party of 9 on a Sunday afternoon and found the dock area easily in downtown Gloucester. Ample parking right next to the boat and on Sundays the parking is free in metered lots. We had reserved our tickets earlier and getting boarding passes at the 7 Seas gift shop there was a breeze. Boarding started promptly half an hour prior to send off. Their ship is huge, called the Privateer IV, with 2 decks and plenty of warm inside table seating for the ride out to the viewing spot. The snack bar had everything, hot/cold food and snacks, beer and other beverages. Our hosts spent an adequate amount time on the way out to the viewing spot providing information on the types of whales and other wildlife we would see, history of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, and the importance of the fisheries in the area for local fishermen and businesses. Upon approaching the viewing destination it was only a matter of minutes before we spotted our first spout and headed to within 100 feet of the whales, a pair of humpbacks. The whales demonstrated a number of tail breaches and rolls. Unfortunately we didn't get to see any full out of the water type breaches but they are somewhat rare. For the next hour or so we scouted the area to find numerous other humpbacks and even a minke whale. My 4 year old and the rest in our party loved it! You can tell the knowledgeable folks at 7 Seas truly respect the creatures and areas they visit and based on information they provided on their website it is clear they are assisting in the preservation efforts associated with this fragile ecosystem and the species it supports. This was my own first time on a whale watching tour and also the first time for many in our party and no one walked away disappointed. I will definitely recommend 7 Seas to others!
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Ancy Alexander
4 weeks ago
The best place for whale watching. These guys are really good with spotting whales, and know their feeding grounds. We saw probably 50 whales today. This year (late June 2016) whale activity has been unusually high. You won't be disappointed.
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happytails312
a month ago
Awesome staff who were diligent about finding whales and gave us plenty of time to see them once found. Not only great fun but very educational. Ship was well maintained!
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Deepak Kataria
a month ago
Great experience. Good staff and guaranteed sightings. Thank you 7 seas.
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Hemant Kulkarni
4 weeks ago
Very friendly staff. Good trip. Saw 40+ whales

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We had a great day on the water today! In the morning we saw 2 FINBACK WHALES and 3 MINKE WHALES 18 miles east of Gloucester, MA. Then in the afternoon we saw a single HUMPBACK WHALE (a whale called "Nile") 26 miles southeast of Gloucester. So that's three species of whale whales in one day! Whale watching is good......
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Here's a comment from a customer on today's morning whale watch trip:
"We read many reviews for different whale watches in the area, and we are so thankful we chose 7 seas! The staff was extremely friendly and informative. The best part of the trip was obviously seeing the majestic Fin Whales. Also, we chose 7 Seas because past customers from (another company) have said their boat was so crowded they didn't like it."
                                                 -Matt from Ohio

Wow. Thanks Matt! We're glad you had a good time on your whale watch.
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$10 Off All Whale Watch Tix purchased before July 21st.  No restrictions. Good for any ticket purchased for any trip this season.
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July 08, 2013

How do I summarize this past week? Well, I guess I’d say that it has been challenging but rewarding week of whale watching. While whales (at least one whale) have been seen on each trip, they have sometimes been very scarce and hard to find.  So the truth is: on some days it’s been difficult to get good views of even a single whale, while on other days we have had truly spectacular sightings of many different whales, dolphins, and even some great surface activity.

Each trip this past week has been SO different that it’s hard to summarize what the “average” trip has been like for the purposes of this sightings update! To illustrate what I mean, I’ll just summarize the sightings over the last three days (July 6th, 7th and 8th):

On the morning of 7/6 we travelled north towards Jeffreys Ledge and saw a FINBACK WHALE and huge pod of ATLANTIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHINS.... great trip! But by the afternoon of that same day the dolphins and Fin Whale had disappeared. Despite the efforts of 7 (!) different whale watch boats we were unable to re-locate the Finback or the dolphins. Where the Fin Whale had been seen that morning we did find three MINKE WHALES, but unfortunately were didn’t get to spent much time with them as we were trying so hard to relocate the Fin Whale. It was a beautiful day on the water (very calm seas and MUCH cooler than on land) but a frustrating day in terms of finding whales.

Based upon the fact that the Finback Whale and Dolphins disappeared so suddenly, the next day, 7/7, we headed south towards Stellwagen Bank’s southwest corner. We ended up traveling over 30 miles south... a long, long way... but it was worth it because we found a HUMPBACK WHALE! It was a well-known whale named “NILE.” Nile is one of our favorite whales and it’s always a treat to see her. Nile is known by many experienced whale watchers as she has been one of the most regularly sighted Humpback Whales in our area for the past 25 years (Nile is the 1987 calf of “Mars.”)

Please check back soon for my next whale sightings update.






Jay Frontierro
7 Seas Whale Watch 
Head Naturalist/Captain

Left: A close-up photo a FINBACK WHALE’S distinctive triangular dorsal fin. Photo by 7 Seas Whale Watch naturalist S. Jay Frontierro.
PREVIOUS 2013 WHALE SIGHTINGS REPORTS:
Individual Humpback Whales we’ve seen so far in 2013:
TONGS......................female, first seen in 1989
MARS...................... female, first seen in 1979
MURAL.................... female, first seen in 1980
EMBER.................... male, 1982 calf of Cardhu 
UNDERLINE............ female, first seen in 1994
SIRIUS..................... female, first seen in 1994
VENTISCA................female, first seen in 2001
NILE......................... female, 1987 calf of Mars
SKUA....................... first seen in 1997, gender unknown.
MOGUL.................... male, first seen in 1984
MEASLES..................first seen in 2002, gender unknown
PINBALL....................female, 1989 calf of Liner
HORNBILL.................male, first seen in 1979
BOOMERANG...........male, first seen in 1985
SATULA.....................Male, first seen in 1998
VENOM......................female, 1996 calf of Cardhu
GUNSLINGER............first seen in 2000, gender unknown
MUDSKIPPER............first seen in 1989, unknown gender

>> June 30, 2013
>> June 21, 2013
>> June 13, 2013
>> June 5, 2013
>> May 22, 2013
>> May 7, 2013
>> April 27, 2013
MORE RECENT PHOTOS FROM AROUND THE AREA:
On the afternoon of 7/8 we once again travelled 30 miles to the southern end of Stellwagen Bank where we saw one HUMPBACK WHALE (Nile again), one FINBACK WHALE, and one MINKE WHALE.... three species! 

Nile was busy feeding which was spectacular to see. One time she even lunged to the surface with water streaming out of her mouth just a few feet from the boat (see picture above)! 

Nile was being watching by A LOT of other whales watch boats as she is the only Humpback Whale currently being seen in all of the southern Gulf of Maine. At one point 8 boats from 4 different ports were all watching her at one time. Hopefully she will soon be joined by more whales so the boats can spread out a little.  Nile is a really great whale and if she continues to on the spectacular feeding displays like we saw today she will make a lot of people very happy. It was a good day!

So as you can see the number of whales, species of whales, and even the location of the whales has changed a lot over the past 48 hours. In some ways it makes each trip very exciting in that we truly don’t know what we are going to encounter each time we leave the dock. Whale watching is very different from going to a zoo or aquarium where the animals are captive, locked in cages or pens and in some cases trained to perform on command. A whale watch is a lot more like a safari: We go out on the open ocean to look for wild and endangered animals in their natural habitat. Each trip brings unexpected surprises, challenges, and opportunities to learn more about the ocean environment and the animals that live there. It’s an unscripted adventure, and that’s what keeps it fun, fresh, and exciting no matter how times you’ve been out before.

But like any nature trip there is always the chance that you won’t find what you are looking for. Fortunately this rarely happens as the area that we going whale watching in is one of the most productive whale feeding areas in the North Atlantic, but it is important to keep in mind the nature of the trip and to realistic about how challenging it can be to find wild animals.

http://gloucesterwhalewatching.com/cape_ann_whale_sightings/2013-7-8.html
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Our first trip of the 2012 whale watching season was yesterday (Saturday, April 21st). I happy to report that it was a GREAT first trip with lots of whales, dolphins, and even some great birds! You can read my full sightings report and see some photos from the trip at: http://www.gloucesterwhalewatching.com/2012-4-21.html

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It's almost time! Saturday, April 21st will be day one of our 30th season!
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