Go on a whale watch at home with the New England Aquarium

A humpback whale diving in the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary east of Boston (photo by Cheryl Landes)

Take ride on the Aurora with Boston Harbor Cruises and Laura Howes, the head naturalist at the New England Aquarium in Boston, to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary east of Boston.

The sanctuary was created in 1992 to protect the diverse marine life. The whales migrate there in the spring and summer to feed on the fish attracted by the phytoplankton and zooplankton.

Humpback, right, fin, and minke whales are the most common whales spotted in the sanctuary. White-sided dolphins often hang out near the whales. Sometimes seals are seen as well.

During the 12-minute 39-second video, Howes talks about how to spot whales and their behavior. She also talks about other animals and seabirds in the sanctuary, along with how to reduce our carbon footprints and watch whales safely.

Watch the video at the New England Aquarium’s Facebook page.

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