Summer Guide Cape Cod

Summer Guide Cape Cod 2021

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Page 118 of 131 117 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 fi shing boat captain, Al Avellar to observe and study the three species of whales which are found in the wa- ters around Provincetown: the fi n, humpback, and right whale. Fin and humpbacks are regularly seen from April to October, and scientists have discovered 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 Wharf in the town center. Summer offers a wonderful opportunity to whalewatch off the coast of Provincetown. Arrive early to ensure a parking space. The Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, 5 Holway Avenue, Provincetown, MA, is a nonprofi t environmental organization for research and education in the coastal and marine ecosystems. The Center is internationally known for its extensive research on the great whales found in this area. The Center is open year round offering fi elds walks, lectures and educational programs to the public.Visitors are encouraged to call the Center with sightings of injured or dead marine mammals or sea turtles. Call 508-487-3622. Whales are at Home in Provincetown Courtesy of the Provincetown Chamber of Commerce.

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