Capt. Bill and Sons Whale Watch

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A family of experts shares tips on spotting humpback and minke whales—as well as dolphins and seals—during three- to four-hour outings

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While whales spend much of their time underwater, they still must occasionally breach to breathe and test whether their wings have reached maturity yet. Watch them take the leap with this Groupon.

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  • $28 for a whale-watching excursion for one ($48 value)
  • $49 for a whale-watching excursion for two ($96 value)
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Capt. Bill and Sons Whale Watch

Capt. Bill and Sons Whale Watch started more than 50 years ago, but the late Captain Bill Cunningham can't take full credit for his business' creation. In many ways, the whales themselves founded the company, though they still made Bill do all of the paperwork. Capt. Bill and Sons originally chartered deep sea fishing trips, but the anglers would often get distracted when a humpback or minke whale breached the surface. Seeing how the majestic mammals awed his passengers, the company decided to stow its fishing rods and set out on whale-watching tours instead.

Today, the Capt. Bill and Sons team—which includes son Marc—welcome whale-watchers aboard their two-tiered ship, the Miss Cape Ann. Once they head out into the water, the experts share tips on spotting whales and insights into the animals' behavior, biology, and social structure. Passengers should look sharp for other species as well, as the waters around Stellwagen Bank and Jeffreys Ledge are also home to Atlantic white-sided dolphins and harbor seals.

Customer Reviews

Nice boat, friendly and informative crew. We had a great time!
Jim B. · October 4, 2014
It was a FABULOUS whale watch. The Naturalist on board told all of us it was one of the best of this entire summer season. We saw 17 humpback whales - all in a small area and very close to the boat. It was very, very exciting. The 'crew' was very friendly. I'll be taking another whale watch trip with them next year, for sure!
Elizabeth B. · September 8, 2014
Great trip! Saw several humpback and Minkie whales and their calves!
Rebecca R. · September 5, 2014

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