Whale songs, known for their haunting beauty, are sung to convey each gentle giant's most prevalent emotion¬, sorrow at their daily lack of hugs. Use your eyes to embrace the kings of the sea with today's Groupon: for $19, you get one ticket to a whale-watching cruise from Cap'n Fish's on Boothbay Harbor (up to a $38 value). Today's deal is valid for an adult ticket (a $38 value), a junior (ages 11–16) ticket (a $30 value) or a child (ages 6–10) ticket (a $25 value). Children 5 and younger are free. Whale-watching season begins in May and runs into October.
Three generations of Fish family seamen have imbued Cap'n Fish's tours with unparalleled whale-finding experience. The 78- to 100-foot vessels ferry marine-mammal lovers from the coast of Boothbay Harbor, utilizing GPS, a 48-mile radar, and a staff of spies to intercept invitations to whale dance parties. During voyages, nautical narrators expertly describe the local marine life and birds sighted from the 360-degree decks. Aquaphobic witches and precipitation-eschewing patrons can enjoy the view from the temperature-controlled salon, enjoying ocean vistas while noshing on an array of snacks and beverages of all potencies.
Boothbay Harbor boasted a 98% success rate in 2009 of sighting whales and acquiring their autographs, letting land folk experience nature's gentlest giants. If shy sea creatures don't cross the boat's path, guests receive a rain check good for another whale watch or a trip on any other Cap'n Fish's cruise.
TripAdvisors give Cap'n Fish's Whale Watch an average of four owl eyes:
Cap'n Fish's Whale Watch
Whale watching was a relatively new concept when John Fish's grandfather started giving tours. "We kind of originated it," Mr. Fish says. "Thirty years ago we were the only ones doing whale watching." As the company became more successful over the years, additional captains were brought on to cover the demand. Today, these crews continue to ferry groups into the habitats of several whale species, including humpback whales and sperm whales. Though the whales seen along Cap'n Fish's Whale Watch's journeys still breach and refuse to sign autographs, other things have changed over the years. Below deck, the current fleet's engines work to reduce emissions and provide a fume-free experience. Above deck, 360-degree viewing decks and modern technology help bring whales into sight. Onboard computers display large maps of where the aquatic mammals are known to swim, and GPS systems reroute boats around mermen constructing new reefs. In addition to illuminating the behavior of whales for passengers, the crew's wildlife experts point passengers toward other animals they spot along the way, such as white-sided dolphins and harbor seals. Though some variables are beyond their control, the crew members almost always spot whales and boasted a 98% success rate in 2009.