Summer Guide Cape Cod

Summer Guide Cape Cod 2019

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Page 131 of 147 130 Whale's played an integral part in Provincetown's economy in the 19th century and this tradition is carried on today as thousands of whalewatchers depart from Provincetown each year to observe, rather than kill, these now endangered mammals in their natural habitat. Whalewatching as a science and tourist attraction started on the East coast in 1975 when scientist Stormy Mayo from the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies teamed up with charter fishing boat captain, Al Avellar to observe and study the three species of whales which are found in the waters around Provincetown: the fin, humpback, and right whale. Fin and humpbacks are regularly seen from April to October, and scientists have dis- covered that Cape Cod Bay is an important breeding ground for the extremely rare North Atlantic right whale. All whale watching boats leave Provincetown from MacMillan Pier and Provincetown Marina (old Fisherman's Wharf ) in the town center. Summer is a great time to whalewatch! Arrive early to ensure a parking space. For over 40 years, the Center for Coastal Studies has served as Provincetown's home- town organization for coastal and marine environmental awareness, research, and education, yet enjoys an international reputation for its extensive research on the humpback whale that is the basis of the town's whale watching industry, and the critically endangered North Atlan- tic right whale that visits our waters from January-May. The Center is a pioneer in marine animal disentanglement, regional water quality moni- toring, high resolution seafloor mapping, seal and fisheries research, marine debris and ma- rine plastics studies, and some of the earliest and ongoing studies of land-sea interaction. Visitors are encouraged to call the Center with sightings of injured or dead marine mammals or sea turtles. The Center's newly renovated Hiebert Marine Laboratory is open year-round and fea- tures the only large whale skeleton on Cape Cod, that of Spinnaker, a 37-foot humpback whale who died of entanglement in 2015. They also offer for sale specialty books on marine science, field walks, educational programs and beautifully designed apparel at their kiosk on MacMillan Pier in season. Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, 5 Holway Avenue, Provincetown, MA, 02657, 508 487-3622, Courtesy of the Provincetown Chamber of Commerce Whales Are Very Much At Home In Provincetown

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