Welcome aboard New England’s leading whale watch tour.

Since 1983 we’ve had the privilege of introducing thousands of people to the whales and other marine wildlife living and feeding directly off the coast of Massachusetts. We take great pride in our reputation for providing the best overall whale watching experience in New England.

7 Seas is family business – Three generations of sea captains working from this very dock for more that 7 decades. We believe that providing a positive and inspiring experience with nature’s largest and most endangered creatures helps build awareness and respect for our environment and these amazing animals.

We have a love and passion for whale watching and set out each day to deliver a unique, educational (and fun!) experience that you and your family will remember for a lifetime.

[Why Choose 7 Seas Whale Watch]

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Gloucester’s Newest, Most Comfortable Boat: The Privateer IV

The PRIVATEER IV, is the newest, most spacious, and cleanest whale watching boat in the Gloucester area. It is the only whale watch boat in Gloucester with on onboard GPS display for passengers to view throughout the trip. The PRIVATEER IV is fully US Coast Guard certified, inspected, and equipped with all latest navigation and safety equipment. There simply is no better boat in the Gloucester/Cape Ann area.

[More about the Privateer IV]

New Partnership for 2014

New Research Partner: Ocean Alliance

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This season our 7 Seas naturalists will be working in partnership with Ocean Alliance, one of the world’s most renown whale and dolphin conservation organizations. This partnership will provide our whale watch passengers access to the absolute best team of scientists and researches anywhere in the world, and enables us to add even more depth to our educational programming.

[More about our partnership with Ocean Alliance]

What you may see on your Whale Watch

Whale watching is a nature trip in the truest sense. The whales and marine wildlife that we see are not in cages or pens, nor are they trained to perform in any way. These are wild and sometimes very endangered animals that are free do as they please in their natural habitat. We feel it is a privilege to be able to visit with these whales in their ocean environment and we respect and protect that privilege by being as unobtrusive as we can.

The quantity, species and behavior of the whales and wildlife that we observe on any given trip is impossible to predict. Every trip is unique and offers us a chance of seeing something totally unexpected or rare. Fortunately Stellwagen National Marine Sanctuary is one of the most biologically productive ocean environments in the world, and whales and other marine wildlife are often abundant. The photos below link to detailed information on the variety of Whales and marine wildlife species that you may see on your whale watch.

Click on any of the photographs below to learn more about that species:

Boston’s Best Whale Watching … Is from Gloucester

Although Gloucester has historically been most well-known for its proud fishing history, over the past 35 years Gloucester has quickly gained the reputation as being one of the world’s top whale watching locations. This is because boats departing from Gloucester have the closest access to the very best whale watching in all of New England. Gloucester is situated directly between two major whale feeding grounds: “Stellwagen Bank” to the south and “Jeffreys Ledge” to the north. Together Jeffreys Ledge and Stellwagen Bank make up the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, home to numerous species of whales, dolphins, sharks, as well as a wide variety of sea birds and other marine wildlife.

Whale watching boats departing from Gloucester often have less distance to travel to reach the whales, and can access more areas where whales might be found than boats leaving form other ports. You will simply see more whales and visit with the whales longer if you sail from Gloucester than you will from Boston.

You will also be on a less-crowded boat, a boat that was actually designed for whale watching (not commuting) and whale watching is its only function, and you will save money once you factor is tolls, city parking prices, etc.

Gloucester is an picturesque working class New England community with a rich and diverse history.  We are just a 45-minute drive up the coast from Boston, away from the traffic and congestion of the city, and convenient to all New England locations including Greater Boston, Metro West, Worcester, Central MA, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Maine.

7 Seas Whale Watch is the only Glocester whale watch company who’s dock is within easy walking distance (about 100 yards) from Gloucester’s vibrant town center which is renown for great restaurants (especially seafood!) and quaint shops that you can explore either before or after your trip.

[More about whale watching from Gloucester]

Our Commitment To Our Passengers

We consider it a privilege to be able to share with you the whales and the abundance of other marine life that inhabits the waters of New England.

We endeavor to provide you with the utmost in comfort and safety during your time on the water, and also to provide the best naturalists in the industry, the finest whale watch boat in the area, and of course to share with you the best possible whale sightings. By doing so we hope to promote a deeper understanding and appreciation of the whales and their fragile marine environment. We believe that doing all we can to support the research and conservation of these endangered animals is an essential responsibility of our business. We hope we’ll see out on the water!

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Whale Sightings Report: August 12, 2014

The whales have been moving about the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary a lot, sometimes moving more than 15 miles from the morning trip to the afternoon trip! This makes deciding where to… (more…)

Go to Recent Sightings blog for photos and more details from our naturalists

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:-/ This is a hard post to make. Despite a diligent search by multiple boats no whales were seen on this morning's trip (Well, we did get a quick look at a Minke Whale, and a good look at an Ocean Sunfish!). Whales are very scarce right now. In the afternoon we went 32 miles out (about double the norm) but eventually found a mother and calf ("Mudskipper" and calf) and, well, here are the pictures.... (9 photos) ... MoreLess

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Karen KohlmorgenMy sister and I did take the morning rain check in the afternoon and we are thrilled that we did. The whale calf "played" in an unbelievable display of breaching, chin slapping, laying on his back and flapping his fins. The crew and captain went out of their way to be sure we all could see this amazing display of natural behavour. Thanks for making my dream of seeing a whale in the the wild come true.3   ·  2 days ago

Amanda Hart SchaubLooks like we should have taken that rain check from this morning for the afternoon ride after all ;) But that's okay, we had a lovely morning and we'll be back. Glad the afternoon was a success!2   ·  2 days ago

Joe KozeraWe were on the afternoon trip. Thank you so much! We had a BLAST! Caught this video of Mudskipper's baby being very playful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkCNizuCoSQ&feature=youtu.be1   ·  2 days ago

Dena Sullivan HurlebausBeautiful! Looks like it was well worth the extra miles!!1   ·  2 days ago

Meg HartnettSo glad we were on the afternoon trip- what an experience. Especially loved that playful baby!22 hours ago

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Kid’s Whale Art Gallery

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View artwork submitted by some of our smaller, younger whale watchers. Send us your child’s drawing. Powered by Pinterest. Photo by Rob Galbraith.

Accolades

YANKEE MAGAZINE EDITORS CHOICE AWARDS
TRIP ADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE
Best of Day Trippers 2013

Certificate of Achievement

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BBB recognizes 7 SEAS WHALE WATCH for 5 years of commitment to honesty, integrity, ethics, and trust.

Partnerships & Organizations We Support

OCEAN ALLIANCE
DISCOVER GLOUCESTER
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU
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Oktay Kaya: Wildlife Photographer

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All of the Whale and Dolphin photographs you see on our site (with the exception of the background image) were taken aboard one of our whale watching trips. Most were taken by one of our onboard naturalists, but many of the most beautiful photographs on this site were taken by our good friend Oktay Kaya who sails with us quite often.

If you would like to see more of the wonderful photographs that Oktay has taken while whale watching with us please visit his website at whalesandwhales.com. There are plenty of New England whale photos there for you to  look at, and also many wildlife and nature images from all over the world for you to enjoy.

Thank you as always, Oktay.