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Old 03-09-2020, 16:12   #1
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Finding Whales

Hi, sailing out of Boston heading to Ptown. I remember a tip from this forum a few years ago about a site that tracks where boats go. The site identifies the boats so you can tell if they are whale watching boats. It's useful to follow a few days before you go out so you can get a general idea of where the whales are. Does anyone know the name of the site or have other suggestions for finding whales?
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Re: Finding Whales

If you know the name of the boat you track them on AIS apps
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We see whales just about every time we cross MA bay, going from the Cape Cod Canal up to Tennant's Harbor, or back. 30 minutes of breaching last time, about a half mile away. Just off the beach going in to P-town we had one surface about 30' off our starboard bow, apparently feeding on the baitfish that were jumping all over the place. Look up the names of the whale-watching boats on their websites and AIS is your friend. They also talk with each other over the radio to locate pods. Don't know what channel. Maybe 8 or 13?
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Saw one today about 2 miles off Marblehead. A curious minke came over and surfaced right next to the boat. Made me jump.
AIS will be your friend as well as binoculars. Often I have seen whales north of Race Point at the southwest corner of Stellwagen Bank.
Not hard to find at this time of year and location. Lucky us.
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