The Dolphin Fleet has been whalewatching for nearly 40 years. In that time many species have been sighted in the waters off of Cape Cod. The most common sightings include several species of baleen whale; including humpback whales.
And finback whales.
And minke whales.
And Northern Right Whales.
And also a species of toothed whale, Atlantic White-Sided Dolphins.
The two highlights of this week would have had to have been on May 31, when Mark Gilmore reported seeing a humpback whale surface lunging backward. He reports that all of its pleats came bulging up out of the water and flopped around like a water balloon. In his words, it was “very cool.” I suspect that was a bit of an understatement. The second would likely have been on June 6, when Nancy Scaglione-Peck reported seein a mother and calf finback pair travelling with an escort. We all love mother and calf pairs. Most of the pairs we see here are humpback whales. So a finner cow/calf pair stands out. Having a third whale (or escort) in the group is fairly common among humpback whales but no so much with finbacks, making this a very rare and special sighting.
At Dolphin Fleet, we want all our passengers to know we are doing our part to protect you, our staff, and community. Your safety and well-being is the number one priority while with us. Dolphin Fleet has developed additional protocols and procedures to maintain a safer environment for our staff and guests during this time.
We have reduced our capacity for more comfort for our guests. All un-vaccinated passengers (over the age of 2) are requested to wear face masks.
Vaccinated passengers are not required to wear masks on outer decks although we highly recommend them; this is for the safety of everyone. Masks are required for all wishing to enter the enclosed cabin. Food, beverages and coolers will not be allowed onboard, with the exception of infant needs. Please visit our COVID-19 Policies and Procedures for more information. We are excited to see you soon and get you out on the water for another whale watching season!