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63 Rogers St Gloucester, MA 01930
63 Rogers StreetUSMassachusettsGloucester01930
(888) 283-17767seaswhalewatch.com
Whale Watching Tour Agency, Tourist Attraction
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Today 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Monday 7:00 am – 7:00 pmTuesday 7:00 am – 7:00 pmWednesday 7:00 am – 7:00 pmThursday 7:00 am – 7:00 pmFriday 7:00 am – 7:00 pmSaturday 7:00 am – 7:00 pmSunday 7:00 am – 7:00 pm

"Best Boston Area Whale Watch" 

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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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Jodie Cammiss
in the last week
Ten times better than expected. Appreciated the extra time spent with the whales, enjoyed the whale and bird info provided by the naturalist. Staff are really helpful and friendly
Lucretia Ganley
3 weeks ago
WHAT A FABULOUS DAY. WE SAW TWO PAIRS OF HUMPBACKS AND CALVES, NUMEROUS OTHERS ALL FEEDING WHILE WE WERE VERY NEAR THEM. WE SAW SEI WHALES ON THE WAY OUT AND RIGHT WHALES ON THE WAY IN. CREW WAS VERY FRIENDLY AND HELPFUL. NATURALIST GAVE AN EXCELLENT TALK.
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Swiss Merchant
9 months ago
Quite a few of the statements used for advertising their company and services were at least questionable from my point of view. I understand these people needs to make a living and have a boat to maintain but they can also be more upfront about what to expect. For the ones considering this type of “Whale Watching” experience, a few things to considered about this whole “Adventure” 1- They say their boat is Gloucester’s Newest: “Vessel” must be more than 20 years old. If this is the newest boat out there, then I can’t imagine what others are. I searched their entire website and says nothing about boat year/age. 2- They say their boat is Gloucester’s Most Comfortable:Noise levels were well over 100db. everywhere inside/out. Is pretty much like being in a rock concert... for 5 hours straight. All seats are booth style and outside seating… well, you are just sitting in a cold metal bench. I don’t call that comfort. 3- They say their boat is Gloucester’s Most Modern: Again… If having a 16” computer screen with a GPS image is a testimony of trend setting “Whale Watching”, then they are probably right. I was able to get much better maps imagery and positioning with my handheld smartphone. Last - but not least. We didn't see any whales, or dolphins, not even seagulls. And what really annoyed me was to hear the cruise director mention that they didn't see any whales in the last 4 days (when we were back @ the dock and trip was over, and paid for). So convenient. Yes, they offer you rain-checks that clearly states ABSOLUTELY NO MONEY BACK. ONLY VALID FOR A YEAR. Quite appropriate when living 1000+ miles from them.
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Response from the owner - 3 weeks ago
Hello "Swiss Merchant" There's a lot in your review I would like to address. I'd prefer not do it over the internet, however, as that rarely (never?) goes well. But it's important to us that we make our customers happy so if you would like to call me directly at 978-317-8124 I am confident we can make this situation better. The one thing I would like to address on this forum, however, is about your not heaving seen whales: I understand how that can be frustrating/disappointing and I'm sure that led to your wanting to write such a review. But as I say on every whale watch we do: A whale watch is a nature trip. The whales we see are wild animals. That makes makes whale watching fundamentally very different from going to a zoo or aquarium where animals are in cages, pens, or tanks and trained to perform "tricks" on command. When you are dealing with wild animals... any wild animals... there is an inherent unpredictability and that includes the possibility that you may not see a one! But because of the high productivity of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary we have found whales on 99% of trips for the past 32 years. We conduct over 200 whale watches per year, so that means we only "skunk" (industry slang for a trip where you don't see whales) on 2-3 per year. I can't remember a time we didn't whales 5 trips (let alone days) in a row. It's important to us to make our customers happy. Give me a call.
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Sonia Neira-Matthews
8 months ago
One of the best experiences of my life, as beautiful as the first time I saw Venice or Paris. Specially being with my husband, we are both scuba divers, we were in Awe !!! Peter and Sonia Matthews from Hollywood, Florida.
Response from the owner - 3 weeks ago
Hi Sonia and Peter, I've yet to make it Venice or Paris but your review really makes me want to go! Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review of your whale watch with us and I'm glad that you and your husband had such a good time. All the best.
Jill Moore
a month ago
I felt safe with the crew looking after the passengers. They were also very friendly and helpful. The "naturalist" was very informative. I learnt a lot and not just about whales but also local history. The whales were amazing. Will recommend it to friends! Well done!!
Response from the owner - 3 weeks ago
Thank you for great review, Jill! We're glad to hear you enjoyed your time watching whales with us. All the best.
Vicky Krogg
7 months ago
We had a wonderful experience! Smooth seas and more than half a dozen humpback whale sightings last Thursday! The folks were super nice, the ship is gorgeous and now I can cross this off my bucket list. I highly recommend this line to anyone looking for the best trip out there.
Response from the owner - 3 weeks ago
Hi Vicky, Thank you for writing a review of your trip with and also for complimenting our boat and crew. We take pride maintaining our boat to a very high standard and it's nice when people notice :-) ! We're glad you saw a lot of whales, too!
Gary Frothingham
7 months ago
Was quite a thrill when the whales showed up and the young one surging up out of the water. Stayed out in the open seas much longer than anticipated and that was great. Fast boat and outstanding narration of the whale habitat / community.
Response from the owner - 3 weeks ago
Hi Gary, Thank you fro taking the time to write a review of your trip with us. We're glad to hear it was a good one!
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Susan Gerr
9 months ago
Every year my sister and I take our parents on your whale watch.. We always have a great time, learn alot and see beautiful whales.. We wouldnt pick any other company.. My parents are 88 and 86!
Response from the owner - 3 weeks ago
Hi Susan, Thank you for taking the time to write a review on Google. We really appreciate your family choosing our companyto visit the whales with and we hope to see you all again soon.

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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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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
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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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