The researchers behind Cape May Whale Watch & Research Center use their whale-, dolphin-, and bird-watching tours as a way to both delight passengers and preserve the marine life that frequents the Atlantic coast. Onboard naturalists instruct guests in spotting techniques, showing them how to anticipate where a dolphin will crest or a whale will breach to capture National Geographic- or Cosmopolitan-worthy pictures. The team is so certain of sightings, that marine-mammal views are guaranteed or passengers’ next trip is free.
On most cruises, cash-snack-bar attendants serve food such as hot dogs and ice cream or other treats. Meanwhile, onboard cameras and GPS units monitor whale, dolphin, and porpoise activity below the surface, and findings are relayed to scientists through Cape May Whale Watch & Research Center’s partnerships with Whale SENSE and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society.